I met Rosalie at Malice Domestic a few years ago. We had an instant connection as we were both military spouses, but Rosalie is also a veteran! I’m delighted to welcome her back today.
Rosalie: Thank you for having me, Sherry!
You suggested I discuss writing and promoting two series, specifically what happens when their releases are close! I write for the Aloha Lagoon Mystery series, a multi-author series set in Kauai, but I also write my own series, the Hometown Mysteries, set in Idaho. My most recent Aloha Lagoon, Hallo-waiian Murder Mystery, was released on the 3rd of October and my next Hometown, Murder Comes Home, is coming on 7 November. Close releases occasionally happen when you write multiple series, even if you plan carefully.
When signing contracts for multiple series, I had to first look carefully at the most obvious aspect – due dates – but also necessary to consider is the release date. I am lucky that all my contracts are with the same publisher, and they asked for my suggestions for my own deadlines. They also take into consideration all of the release dates, but I sort of sprung a Halloween one on them, so I set myself for this crazy promo. My bad!
Most of this combined promo tour is via blog, so sometimes, a blog will ask me to focus on one series or the other, but I usually slip in a mention of the other book as well. Especially since my publisher is making a donation to the DAV of a portion of their presales for Murder Comes Home, and I want to get the word out on that. (See? Slipped that right in there!)
If you know me, you know I’m Excel obsessed. In order to keep all my blog deadlines and events straight, I created a rather extensive Excel spreadsheet. I even have boxes to check for written, turned in, posted, and commented, as well as which book the blog wanted me to focus on, contact person, and blog URL.
But promotion is not just leading up to the release dates! I’m getting to be a seasoned pro at representing both series. At Malice Domestic last spring, during the Author-go-round, I carried two hats with me. I started off wearing a big, floppy beach hat to talk about my Aloha Lagoon books. When I finished that abbreviated spiel, I pulled off the beach hat and pulled on a winter cap to talk about my Hometown Books, set in Idaho. It made for some messy hair by the end, but I think it was effective. At least people might remember the hats!
In person, I am attending the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookstore Cozy Fete on 14 October (Mechanicsburg, PA) and they want to focus on my Hometown books. On the 22nd of October, I will be at Hooray for Books in Alexandria, Virginia, with a few other authors at their Spooktacular Halloween Reads event. They want Halloween-themed books, so I’ll be talking about Hallo-waiian Murder Mystery. Either way, I’m happy to oblige! But I always mention the other book as well – and that donation coming from preorders – so if what I’m there to talk about isn’t someone’s cup of tea, perhaps the other book is!
This author thing is a wild ride, and sometimes, we just have to hold on to our floppy hats and hang on!
Readers: How are you at multi-tasking?
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**Gemma Halliday Publishing is donating a portion of the presales to a veterans’ charity, the Disabled American Veterans, or DAV.
7 November 2023: #3 in the Hometown Mysteries, Murder Comes Home
US Army retiree Tessa Treslow and her Aunt Ednaput their auto restoration business on hold to host an “American Pickers”-style TV show, hoping their trash might be treasure to fun their new business. But not only do the pickers come with cameras and likeable stars, but a murderer…
3 October 2023: #20 in the Aloha Lagoon mystery series, Hallo-waiian Murder Mystery
Aloha Lagoon’s own dive tour leader Kiki Hepburn investigates the untimely death of one of her landlady Auntie Akamai’s oldest friends in between diving, attending a zombie wedding, and being stalked by a “monster”!
Rosalie Spielman is a mother, veteran, and retired military spouse. She was thrilled to discover that she could make other people laugh with her writing and finds joy in giving people a humorous escape from the real world. She writes for the multi-author Aloha Lagoon mystery series and her own Hometown Mystery series.
She currently lives in Maryland with her husband in a rapidly emptying nest. For more information on her books or to subscribe to her newsletter, go to http://www.rosalie-spielman-author.com, follow her Facebook page (Rosalie Spielman author) or Instagram (Rosalie.Spielman). Rosalie strives to provide you a cozy escape…one page at a time