Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Expect The Unexpected

I guess this must be the season to not make too many plans and to never get too comfortable in your own obscurity. I’d started to put together a marketing plan for book four in my mystery series, which I assumed would be released next summer, when I got word from my editor last week that the release of book 4 has been pushed back to 2009.

My publisher, Kimani Press/Sepia, has cut back on the number of books they are publishing per month, which I had noticed. If you go to the Kimani/Sepia website, you’ll see there've been no new releases since October. The entire publishing schedule has been rearranged. I won’t lie. I was a little bummed when I heard the news. It will be strange not to have a new book out next year. Although, I’m fairly certain Diva’s Last Curtain Call will be re-released in mass market paperback sometime next year. But on the bright side it will give me time to finish up book 5 and my standalone mystery.

And speaking of the unexpected, last week I was invited to be a guest on Dayton, Ohio’s Fox 45/ABC 22 Morning News show. I was on last Friday. It was a brief blink-and-you’ll-miss-it interview of a couple of minutes, but it was an excellent opportunity to talk about my books and writing. I still have no idea how they found out about me, since I’m far far from being a household name, and I never approached them about being a guest. But it doesn’t matter. This is the kind of promo opportunity you don’t question, especially when it falls in your lap. You just go for and don’t think twice about it.

But let me tell you, seeing yourself on TV is a shocker. Anyone who knows me or has seen a picture of me knows I’m not a size 0. I’d never been on TV before but I’d always heard the camera adds at least ten pounds. That was an understatement. TV is not kind to curvy gals like myself. Long story short, I looked like Jabba the Hutt’s little sister. Not a good look, people! YMCA here I come. And don't go trying to find the interview online. It's not there. Thank God!

Later,
Angela

4 comments:

Nine to Five Diva said...

I am so bummed to hear about the delay in the release of your next book. (How dare they?)

Anyway, from what I hear things change quickly from one minute to the next, which means your publisher might change their mind and release your book sometime in 2008. (Keeping my fingers crossed).

I have to satisfy my fix for mystery books with AA lead characters (smile).

angela henry said...

Thanks, Charlotte! It would be great if they could find room in the 2008 schedule. But, I'm not holding my breath. LOL! But never fear, Valerie Wilson Wesley has a new Tamara Hayle mystery out in January called "Of Blood and Sorrow" and don't forget to check our newest Crime Sistah, Persia Walker's, new one "Darkness and the Devil Behind Me", which introduces Laney Price. Claudia Mair Burney's "Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man" will be out in February. Veteran Crime Sis Pamela Samuels-Young's next mystery "Murder On the Down Low" will be out next summer.

I anyone knows of any others, please let a sistah know!

angela henry said...

Oops! It's Lanie Price not Laney. Sorry, Persia!

Dee Savoy said...

Angela,

So sorry to hear of the delay for your next book. I didn't see the TV show but I'm sure you did not, look anything like Jabba the Hut. LOL

As they say, keep the faith, baby. It'll all work out.

All the best,
Dee

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