Yesterday, I intended to travel to south Louisiana, but was called early by Pelican (my newest publisher). Alas, duty called me away from my planned diversions. I talked to folks in promotions and sales and we discussed the marketing and promotion strategies of my new children’s book, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House that will be out in May. We also discussed something else of great importance that could happen soon, but I won’t mention the possibility now for fear I might jynx it! After a couple of hours on the phone, I answered emails and brainstormed some more on how to best promote my book.
The afternoon I spent preparing for next Tuesday. I’ve been invited to speak at Abilene Christian University (my alma mater). I’m to speak at the English Department’s luncheon, then in Albert Haley’s class, Christians and Creativity. Some media coverage and media interviews are already arranged (public radio at least), and it should be a great opportunity to promote my writing.
Professor Haley was kind enough to send me his syllabus for his class. Here is a quote on creativity I found in his notes: Frank Barron said, “The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.” You can read about Frank Barron and his influence and writing on the creative mind here: http://www.esalen.org/air/essays/Frank_Barron.htm