I’m sitting in my hotel room right now, very pleased that I’ve managed to write over 2,000 words on book three of the Prophecy series today while on TOUR! WOOT!
It’s been a whirlwind week, full of school visits (sometimes more than six presentations in a day), bookstore events, stock signings, blogger meet-ups, and early mornings. I’m having an amazing time, and I’m reminded on an almost daily basis what a privilege it is to connect with so many amazing teachers, librarians, booksellers, teenagers and readers.
I should have known I’d love the school visits best, because I’m always most comfortable talking to teenagers, but I was completely unprepared for how MUCH I love them. In case you’re wondering, school visits usually go like this; I speak a little bit about the book, how I came up with the idea for Prophecy, some of my writing processes, etc. Then I get in my Be Who You Are speech, which is so important to me to pass along to young people since I spent so many years being unhappy while I tried to be what everyone else wanted me to be. I’m always surprised how interested they are in this part of my story! After that, we do Q&A, but my signature Q&A is a little bit different, because I warn the kids up front that for every question they ask me, I’m going to ask them one, too. I didn’t think it was THAT original, but every single teacher has said they love it and that they’ve never seen it done. Go figure! Anyway, it ends up being an amazing back and forth discussion about books, reading, writing, and life. I learn so much from every single group of kids, and I’m especially gratified to see that even the kids who have the “I’m too cool for this” posture when they file in end up leaning forward to listen and participate by the time I leave. SO fun!
It’s also been a reminder that the reading world is wide. It’s easy for me to feel like we’re all in a fishbowl, especially as the blogosphere has expanded the way that it has, but really, there are a lot of readers out there! And without fail in my informal polling, 99.9% of them don’t read blogs. Most of the time, they have NO idea that any of it even exists, but even when they say they know, they just don’t read them. This is both encouraging and discouraging. On the one hand, it would be great for them to avail themselves of the many, many reviews available from their peers in the blogosphere. On the other, for those authors who feel the blogosphere can be “cliquey” or that certain books get all the blog play, it might be encouraging to know that the general reading public isn’t basing their reading decisions on what blogs say about any given book. And don’t take offense! I’m just reporting here! This would make for an interesting discussion (and it’s one I might initiate when I get back from tour), because I’m wondering whether anyone thinks it’s important to drive general readers to the greater reading blogosphere. Something to ponder…
Of course, I forgot my camera, but that’s okay, because honestly, I’m usually too busy at the events to take pictures. Instead, I have other people taking them all along the way, so I’ll compile them and post everything after I get back next weekend.
Tomorrow, I head to Seattle, which I’m super excited about because it’s probably my very favorite US city. After that, it’s on to Salt Lake City, and then my last stop, Chicago!
Will try to stay in touch on Twitter in the meantime, and will eventually give you a big tour round-up, complete with pictures, once I get settled back in at home. If anyone has pictures they’ve taken along the tour, please send them to me and I’ll post them with the rest.