Being a writer isn’t easy. Being a writer on a book tour is a test of humor, stamina, patience, planning skills and the ability not to trust GPS to get us where we need to go, but rather take out a map and read it.
Award yourself, and any traveling companions this badge if you have done at least 2 of the following:
- Laughed until you cried listening to other authors describe the machinations of their book tour, only to find out later that everything they said was true and then some.
- Spent three hours making conversation with two bookstore employees and the store cat because you scheduled your signing opposite a major local sporting event, the Rolling Stones return tour, and/or the worse weather the town has had in 50 years. “We never have hail in October, honest!”
- You add an extra stop on your tour at the last minute, but without checking a map. Then you find out that the Springfield you thought you were signing in—the one only 30 minutes from your last stop—isn’t the right Springfield at all. The one you’re committed to is half-way across the state, but not to worry. You can still make it if you drive all night.
- You have eaten the most incredible meals, in the most bizarre circumstances and laughed yourself silly while eating it because you know what a great story this will make at the next convention you attend.