When 150 people came to my book release party, I knew the book tour was going to be amazing. Thank you all so much for your support. I have the best friends and family. Getting to see you all made everything worth it.
Okay, the official Western leg of the tour started the day after the book release party. I went to four states (Nevada, California, Arizona, and Nevada), visited 14 cities, about 14 schools, one library, did a bunch of book signings, (around 8 signings, not including the schools) and logged over 3,500 miles in my car.
I spoke to around 2,500 people, making approximately 30 speeches/presentations. It all went well, and overall, the audiences were great. The best thing was seeing my friends and family. I met young cousins I hadn't ever seen before, saw cousins, aunts and uncles that I hadn't seen in 14-22 years. I also hung out with great friends. They are people I consider my second families. Seeing all of them was the highlight of the tour. Getting to hang out with the kids and be part of their lives was priceless. Meeting Anna, Bradley, Mya, Lacey Rose, Chara, and Ariel was the best.
Not many things went wrong. One of the glitches was that I ran out of posters and bookmarks in Sacramento, but I just sent out 11 boxes of promo material to all the places I promised material to. I think all the promo stuff has helped and will continue to help the sales. The art sells the book.
The report from the publisher is this: the entire first printing is sold out. More orders have gone in and they're printing more books. Life is good. Sales have been fabulous. I wish I had more books with me personally, and I've had to turn people away and direct them online or to my book signing on June 6 at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble from 7-9 PM.
I had such a great time on the tour. I have faith in the youth of America. They are so bright and fun to talk with.
I want to thank everyone who supported me during the tour. Without you, it wouldn't have been possible.
And for those of you who have already read The Golden Cord, thank you very much. I really appreciate your encouragement and I'll get book two out there as soon as I can. It's written, I just have to rewrite it a little.
If you've read the book and liked it, please post a review on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. Reviews help a lot.
But the most important thing to do is: tell your friends about the novel. Word of mouth is the best promotion that can be done. Call your library and ask them to order some copies as well.
People keep asking: when will they make it into a movie? If you want it to be made into a movie, tell your friends to buy a book! I'm at the back of the line now, but with a lot of sales you never know what might happen . . .
Amazon.com has a few copies if you'd like to read the reviews or order a book.
Thank you again and please stay in touch.
Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord