Swoon Author Sandy Hall: Hitting the Road for a Whirlwind Book Tour
Over the weekend I was at my cousin’s wedding in Virginia. There was an abundance of family members there that I haven’t seen in months or years or even decades. But they all had one thing in common: they wanted to hear about THE BOOK.
What became clear after a few conversations is that publishing a book is really hard to describe – especially to people who weren’t around as the process was happening. Explaining my whole publishing story is something that I’m used to doing at this point and gets easier all the time. But then they wanted to hear more about what happens after the book comes out – the launch, the promotion, and particularly about the book tour.
I realized that I’m already sort of forgetting about the tour, the details of it at least. I would stand there using the same answers over and over again. “It was exhilarating and exhausting!” and “It was such a great experience!” and “I think I was in Salt Lake City at some point?” Part of the problem is, you don’t see much of the actual cities that you’re touring in, so the context of the location gets lost. It’s mostly a blur of airports, bookstores, and restaurants.
And hotels, many different hotels.
So, before I completely forget the details of my book tour, I present to you the glamorous life of the author on tour, using pictures of each of the hotel rooms I stayed in. I will try to give you as many details as possible, but I legitimately can’t believe how fuzzy it’s all getting already.
Starting with my stay in Philadelphia.
Then I took the best flight EVER to Houston, Texas. (It was the best flight ever because it was mostly empty and I had an aisle seat.)
I didn’t spend much time in this room, but I recall having an awesome event at Katy Budget Books that evening, which included a lot of interesting questions from the crowd and a delicious dinner at a Mexican restaurant.
Next up was Cincinnati, where I learned that the Cincinnati airport is technically in Kentucky.
I had the opportunity to chat with a bunch of bloggers, including the lovely folks from WeHeartYA and Supernatural Snark, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and got asked intriguing questions like “If someone observing your life wrote a book about you, what would the title of that book be and would you want to read it in order to see yourself through another person’s eyes?” That was a really tough question to answer. Also, for the record, this hotel had the best shower stall of the whole trip, hands down.
From there, I went back to Jersey.
I had a phenomenal time at my event at the Barnes & Noble in East Brunswick. There were some actual teens in the audience that night and they had such fun questions. Although I think my favorite part was hanging out in New Brunswick and getting to show off the Starbucks that I always think of as Gabe and Lea’s.
— Ashley Coman (@Ashaleylynnn) September 12, 2014
After that it was on to Chapel Hill.
The hotel was LOVELY, the Shirley Temples were BOTTLED, and the cupcakes were DELICIOUS. I got to take the stage at Flyleaf Books after book club so the crowd was already in a bookish state of mind.
After that it was on to Salt Lake City.
Then I got to go back to the hotel and have room service while watching HGTV. (HGTV was a theme of the trip.)
After that it was off to the Chicago area to round out the tour. Unfortunately, I failed to take a picture of my final hotel room. I don’t know what happened there. But I did take a picture of my name signed on the wall of Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.
All in all, book tours are incredible and insane. It’s the kind of thing that while it was going on, I felt like I just had to get through it but once it was over, looking back, I can’t wait to do it again.