I would like to thank JD Seamus for taking a page in my notebook today to share the one thing he doesn’t want to hear at book signings.
“Book Madness – Why Everyone Feels They Have a Book in Them”
One of the most frequent things I hear when I happen to confess to being a writer is generally, “I’ve always wanted to write. I have a great book in me.” No you don’t. If you did, it would be written.
I hear the “book in me drivel” a lot at book signings. Don’t get me wrong. I love the people part of the business and book signings is the people part but please, ask about the book and tell me what you like or dislike-or hell, even about the pony you are buying your kid. Or best, “Can I buy you a beer?” But please don’t cheapen writers worth by saying you can do it as if it’s not one huge amount of work. How would you feel if I came on your job and said, “I’ve often thought about designing a small town water system.” Or, “I’ve often thought about how easy it is to be an air traffic controller.” Tell Chipper Jones about you waking up one day and deciding to go hit a ninety five mile an hour fastball. When he finishes laughing maybe he’ll spit a little tobacco on your shoe.
Writing is really tough. I didn’t believe it until I did it. It’s that pesky start and finish. And the middle is no walk in the park. And the second book is even tougher. It might look easy to someone in the hot sun landscaping. Hitting a golf ball looks easy to until you try it.
I got published because I spent the two to three years required on that first book. I did it to entertain you. So buy me a beer and I won’t come to your job and harass you.
Novelist JD Seamus has lived and worked among some of the most amazing characters ever to have walked the Earth.
After decades of working in the world of retail finance, e-commerce, and venture capital, Seamus began writing a series of novels based in Manhattan.
With a keen eye for detail, Seamus takes to heart the old adage to “write what you know.” Borrowing from real life experience, Seamus delivers highly entertaining tales full of sparkling wit and dark humor.
Whether pondering life’s most absurd or most wonderful moments, or showcasing a character’s foibles or triumphs, JD Seamus is dynamic new voice in the world of fiction. Seamus may make you blush, he may make you cry, but he will certainly leave you entertained.
Today, Seamus is happily at work on his sixth book in South Florida and dividing his time between his family and Braves and Jaguar games. You can visit his website at www.jdseamusbooks.com.
Last Call by JD Seamus
Manhattan newcomer Nathan Melton is looking for a place to connect. Lucky for him, Jimmies is just around the corner–Jimmie Collins is a man with connections! From beat cops to Mafioso, career women to former linebackers, Jimmies patrons take care of each other and their neighborhood barkeep. A beloved priest needs some thugs taught a lesson? No problem! Trouble with your love life? Let Jimmie apply his matchmaking skills. Need a place to sell some merchandise that might have fallen off a truck? No questions asked. Nathan has found his home away from home. Jimmie has an ailing wife and disabled daughter nestled in Florida, and his bar family is all he’s got. They understand about the childrens charity balancing out the part time smuggling job, that offshore accounts are necessary when medical bills aren’t covered by health insurance. When Jimmie reveals his own terminal diagnosis, his friends vow to help him recover the millions he has in foreign bank accounts. Somewhere between that promise and Jimmie’s death, things go terribly wrong. The money is gone, their friend is dead, and it’s up to this close-knit cadre to track the cash.
Thanks to Dorothy of Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours for including me as a host for Seamus’ blog tour.
Thank you for hosting JD today, Carol!
I love to go to book signings, even if I’m not familiar with the author (see my post today) and I’ve never thought about this before. It does seem like everyone feels like they could be an author even if they’ve never even written a poem! Great post.
Yes, writing is tough! I’ve only written a few chapters of my novel, and it’s only one step above crap!