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May 30th, 2005

My elderly computer ate up my AOL program a couple of days ago, and rather than reload our old version of AOL, we decided to upgrade to the latest oh-so-fancy AOL 9.0. It took us a couple of days to get around to picking up the disc at our local Circuit City, which means that I was unable to get online for two days. And I have to say that it was very nice to be unplugged. Of course, I’m kind of a Luddite.

I’ve been spending much more time lately trying to figure out the vagaries of book promotion than I have writing. I spend a lot of time on the Murder Must Advertise website picking up all kinds of publicity ideas. I’ve been dealing with bookstores, libraries, ARCs, postcards, flyers, press kits, photos of myself … on and on.

So, during the past couple of days, I’ve had no recourse but to get back to my writing. I’m trying to tweak the second book in my “Alafair” series, while at the same time outlining the fourth book. It’s been heaven, and makes me remember why I wanted to write in the first place. The Old Buzzard will be out on July 5. I’m sure that after I’ve gone through the entire process of a book coming out, I’ll be much less obsessive about what I should be doing to promote myself. That’s been my experience in the past when I start a new venture, at least. I hope that’s the case this time, as well, or I’ll have all my hair torn out by the end of 2005.

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