I announced the release of The Found Vagabond last week. Since then I've been simply trying to keep away from the thousands of reporters asking for interviews, the daytime talk show producers leaving dozens of voicemails, politicians and political leaders from around the world calling to congratulate me, and so on. It is all really so tiring.
So, to escape all this embarrassing attention, we are headed for Cuba today for a week of sunshine, overeating, and probably a whole lot of scheming of what exactly to do with this book.
Primarily, I wrote the book because I think I have a pretty good story to tell and wanted to share my experiences with others in the hopes that they can benefit in some way. But I also wrote it for myself...maybe just to see if I could do it. I've always enjoyed writing, but I know that it is very tough for a writing career to pay the bills. That is why writing is not my job. At least not at the moment. But that may change someday, when I move onto the next phase of my life, whatever that may be.
So for now, I just need to figure out how to promote my book, get a few people to buy it, start getting some feedback on what they think, then adjust my techniques for the next project. I'm looking to my sister-in-law Carrie for some inspiration here - she has been an independent singer/songwriter for many years, and I'm sure has many tricks up her sleeve. A book is very similar to a musical projects in many way - it is a creative endeavor, you put your whole heart and soul into it, some will like it, others will not, and your main job is to try and find an audience who will appreciate your creation and offer support.
So that's what I'm going to for the next week. With a drink in one hand, a book in the other, sand on my feet, and a clear mind. Like I write in the book, being away from your everyday routine allows you to step back, see things differently and think better. So we will see what happens.
In the meantime...since internet is hard to come by in Cuba, I will be completely off line. If you do contact me for any reason about the book, have no fear - you are not being ignored and I will respond to you as soon as I am home.