Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Moment of Immodesty...
























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The absolute best part of having a book published is the attention. Maybe my ego needs to calm down, but I am over the top when someone tells me she/he liked my book, or when a review or article appears somewhere in print.
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This chapter excerpt appeared in Provincetown Magazine last week. I chose the chapter and they did me the honor of gracing it with a great layout. I published 'The Light Stays On' myself: actually, I "created" a small publishing company which I playfully named Chihuahua Press. The book design and page layout came to life through the work and talent of my friend Bill Michalski, and I was blessed with the gift of an original painting for the cover by my incredible friend Valgal http://valgalart.blogspot.com/. In case you don't know, the painting is my partner jb's studio, located in our side yard. We call it The Magic Cottage.
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I am responsible for promoting and publicizing the book, and I admit I've taken my good old time. I've been slow in finding the right momentum. But still, every book signing, every reading, every interview, every review and excerpt gives me a certain rush that is indescribable.
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So please forgive me for tooting my own horn today. The truth is when I flipped the pages of Provincetown Magazine and saw this, I just couldn't help toot-tooting.
xoxo

24 comments:

  1. You're not bragging if you can back it up, you know. It's got to be wonderful to see that spread on you and your book - enjoy it!

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  2. Toot-toot! This is wonderful! You have every right to be proud. And I'm proud to know you, even if it is only here in Blogland!
    :0)
    It's nice to see your smiling face, too.
    Toot-toot!

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  3. YippEE! and Toot TooTing for you tOO! X:-)

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  4. Oh you go aheat ant toot all you like. I know would be authors who have been struggling to get publshed for years, writing, editing, re-drafting, even travelling overseas to try to get interest . .you went and did it. Good on you!

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  5. wonderful!
    enjoyed the read immensely too thank you :)
    Being proud of your work and your achievement is perfectly natural, we all do it.
    so toot as loud and as long as you like, we are all tooting with you!
    xxsm

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  6. TOOT TOOT TOOT! Congratulations!

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  7. AWESOME!!!! I knew you when....

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  8. I will sound out another toot for you :-). xoxo

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  9. Let me toot toot for you one more time!
    This is not bragging you are just happy about your success!
    And so am I!

    big hug!
    >M<

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  10. How wonderful, what a great achievement!

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  11. Congratulations about your book, I did not have a clue you already have 3 published ones, it is amazing, it take my hat of. I do not know how big is your ego now, but I do not think it is that bad, I think if you where a selfish disgusting egomaniac person you would not be able to be so nice to the others and help them with some stuff. So just enjoy feeling great about yourself, anyways it is always good to monitor yourself not to go out of the reasonable level of the ego range. I will die for reading the novel, but I just can not get it here, I always have that issues with my foreign friend, we can not share things, or at least is much more difficult to do it.

    I am really happy for you karen
    Take care

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  12. self promotion is a good artist's prerogative...

    i think it's a cousin of artistic license...

    ;)

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  13. oh, wow, wonderful news! This is awesome! I am having a dance now!
    Really special for for a special lady!
    You are so right what you said about my last angel, I do love her so much!
    So looking forward to developing more. So exciting!
    To come over and see your great news, it has made my day!
    Thank you!

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  14. Congratulations!! This is good to see!!

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  15. You didn't know this article was going to be in Provincetown Mag when you opened the magazine? Wow, what a thrill that must have been! A thrill even if you did know! The excerpt reads great...but I'm not at all surprised. Congratulations on the book and on your decision to toot your own horn on its behalf.

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  16. And toot-toot you should too! How wonderful! And.. I just love that that cover was made by ValGal - must admit I thought the style was familiar! Many congrats!

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  17. Toot toot. Way to go kj. That is fantastic.

    You look beautiful.

    Love Renee xoxo

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  18. You are so not bragging-you are sharing!

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  19. TOOT away my friend Toot away :)

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  20. Karen, I'm ordering your book TODAY. It sounds fabulous! Marion raves about it and it's publicized everywhere!
    I hope I'm a resident writer in Blogland!! xxox

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  21. Congrats..woot woot....sorry been feeling like rubbish...wanted to stop by and hug you for being a great friend...

    xoxoxoxo ((((HUGS))))

    *ps...Snow kicks me in the ass every so often...thank gawd lol

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  22. kj,

    It's so nice to meet you! What a radiant smile you have, and look at the reason why!

    This is thrilling! of course, you would want to share your wonderful accomplishment. I think everything is better when shared.And I think your modest way of sharing was charming.

    Congratulations Karen, you have completely earned this. When I get back from Oregon my book should have arrived.

    x L

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