The Clearing

Wait… Where Am I?

The last couple weeks have kinda felt like that ride at Six Flags where you get strapped in to your seat, and then the whole thing starts swinging slowly… then picks up a little speed… and a little more… and then the speed starts making you kind of nervous… and then before you know it, you’re getting slung all over the place and there’s a slight possibility you might see that greasy park burger you ate for lunch all over the front of your shirt.

In a good way, of course.

If the possibility of a large quantity of vomit could ever be described as “good.” And in this case, I believe it can be.

What I’m trying to say here is that things are crazy, people. Publishing The Clearing has been such a great experience so far! I’m just starting to get a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount of fun I’m having with it. The good news is, I have a degree in advertising. The bad news is, I’ve got to start using it… to market myself.

Which is, to put it mildly, HUMILIATING. Because if you’ve known me for five minutes, you know I really, really hate pushing things on people. Especially when that thing is myself. I mean, it’s my book, but that is essentially me. You know? I’m marketing myself as a writer.


That being said, there are some exciting things happening right now. First of all, I have secured a guest spot on a local news show, Daytime Alabama, which will be filmed on March 1 and will air sometime after that. Not exactly sure when. So that is exciting-slash-terrifying. I say “terrifying” because A) I don’t have a good track record with doing interviews that come out sounding intelligent and/or coherent and B) they want to interview me at my place of work.

Which is a high school.

Nah, it won’t cause a scene when a camera crew walks in to the building and starts talking to me about my book. Not at all.


I’ve also got an author event at North Shelby Library here in Birmingham on April 11. Originally it was going to be a book signing, but then I decided that sounded way too nerve-racking (wracking? Why do I feel like there should be a silent “w” on the front of that word? Is that right?) so we changed the purpose of the event. Now, I’m giving a talk on getting started on the path to publication with a focus on the process of researching and querying literary agents. And I’ve said I’m willing to sign books IF people want me to.

This suits me much better.

I’ve got a “News” section on this website that hasn’t gotten much exercise lately, but all that changes now. So please, check it regularly, because there will be some events and whatnot happening in the future. And if you live in Birmingham, PLEASE come to the North Shelby Library on April 11 (see link to right) because I am positive no one will be there but my family. And I love my family, but let’s face it, they’re not interested in getting an agent.

Actually, do me a favor and head on over to “News” right now because I’ve got a link to share with you – and after you click on that link, you need to check out the blog it takes you to. Quality stuff, peeps. You’ll thank me later for sending you there, so I’ll go ahead and say, you’re quite welcome.

Happy Thursday!

8 thoughts on “Wait… Where Am I?

  1. Holy Bajoombas!! A TV spot!! Well if you haven’t cracked the whip right outta the gate. That is way awesome Annie. I hope you can somehow clip it and youtube because that would be great to see.

    Let the ride begin!!

    1. I will do my darndest to get it posted up here, or somewhere. I’ll let you know. And yeah, it is awesome!

  2. Sounds like things are going great. I’m so happy for you! I really would come to the “event” on April 11 but not living in Birmingham and having a full time job I cannot make it. I can’t believe my boss doesn’t understand that I need to be off work…I must have a talk with him! But congratulations anyway!

    1. See, ok, I thought you DID live in Birmingham, which is why I invited you. Silly me. But do have a talk with that boss of yours. Asking you to work is just silly.

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