Starting tomorrow, I’ll be embarking on a three month promotional junket for Mockery, what may be my final essay collection. After a short break to allow ample time to focus on Mark McElligott’s Random Thoughts From A Broken Mind, we’re taking our act on the road to Alfred, Rochester and parts unknown. I feel strangely peaceful about the upcoming launch and subsequent events. Two interviews hit Buffalo this week with Metro Source Lancaster and the Lancaster, Depew, Cheektowaga and Clarence Bees. To read Jennifer Lysiak’s interview,
For an excerpt of Jolene Zanghi’s interview,
The full Bee interview will be available in four weeks. In the mean time, you can pick it up on stands throughout Western New York. Night Life magazine is also running some additional press about the impending launch this week. A big thank you goes out to Jennifer and Jolene for taking the time to sit down with me at Dee’s to talk about the book, the promotional events and what I’ve got planned for the future.
Tomorrow is the official launch for the book at Dee’s Firehouse on 4628 Broadway in Depew at 7 p.m. with special musical guests One Hot Minute. If you’ve been to a reading before, then you know how wacky and unpredictable each one can be compared to the next. If you haven’t, then I look forward to winning the rest of you over. I’m going to try to read something different at every event so that if you come to more than one you’ll be appropriately entertained. In addition to having a limited amount of First Edition copies on deck for sale ($15), these are the other books I’ll have on hand:
-If They Can’t Take A Joke (HC) $20
-Breathing Room Volume I and II (Trade Paperback) $15 each
–Voices From The Herd: An Anthology For Buffalo, NY (Trade Paperback) $13
I plan on stocking Slapstick & Superego at other upcoming events but I wanted to make sure I had a decent stockpile of Mockery to start off with.
Throughout April I’ll be contacting more of the local press and setting up more radio interviews on the FM dial. Please help me to make this launch (and the subsequent readings) events to remember. The turnout we’re expecting so far sounds excellent. As we transition from my book to Mark’s, I hope that you’ll give him the same level of attendance and laughter that you’d give me. For those of you willing to take a chance on a new author, you’ll find Mark’s collection to be every bit as funny as anything I could come up with.
Thanks for all your support and encouragement over the years. A huge thanks goes to Dee, Kathy and the rest of the madding crew at Dee’s Firehouse for making tomorrow’s launch such an easy venue to schedule and for buying multiple copies of the new book in one fell swoop. Thanks are also in order to Brian Platter (Six Shot Studios) for the great promotional flier and to One Hot Minute for performing tomorrow night. There are some great shows lined up for the spring and summer. I can’t wait to see you there!