Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Case of the Disappearing Author

I know I've been scarce around here. Spring is usually a busy time for me, but this year has been especially busy.

First there was finishing up the details for Faith, Hope, and Murder. It took extra effort to make it available in the iBookstore. Apple is more demanding than the other online vendors. They actually do review each book individually where the others use a totally automated approval process. I consider it a significant accomplishment to be distributed through Apple. I'd love to provide a direct link to my book, but you have to go through iTunes to purchase books from Apple.

I also wanted to have a print version in time for the Tucson Festival of Books. The Tucson chapter of Sisters in Crime put together two baskets of books for a free raffle and I wanted to be part of that. I made it by the skin of my teeth, letting a slight formatting issue slide so I could make the deadline. I now have a list of three things (or is that six?) I want to change in the second edition.

Speaking of the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), I was in charge of organizing the Tucson Sisters in Crime booth this year. That meant all the preparations, lining up volunteers to staff the booth, assembling those raffle baskets, being there for setup at 7:30 Saturday morning, and staying until after 6:00 Sunday night to pack everything up.

Candi Cornell, one of our published authors, at the TFOB Booth
Saturday we had the added challenge of an overcast, windy, showery day. We, along with the other exhibitors, had to do a lot of scrambling to keep things dry. You can see the rocks we used to keep our promotional material from blowing away. Even the rocks weren't enough when the wind gusted.

I also do volunteer tax preparation through AARP's Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. This isn't only for senior citizens, but for any low income people. There's also the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Both of these are affiliated with the IRS and free. There are certain limitations on the kinds of tax returns we can do, such as depreciation on rental property, but there are an amazing number of returns that we can do. Did I mention that it's FREE? You can find a site near you through the IRS.

As if I didn't have enough to do, I signed up for another Margie Lawson online writing class. She only gives this one in March of each year and I thought I would have time to keep up with it. Hah! I'm frustrated that I haven't gotten as much out of the class as I have others in the past, but I hope to review the lessons once life slows down.

Anyway, I wanted to check in here (not that anyone's reading) and let you know I'd be back in late April or early May. Life gets simpler after tax season!
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