On Sunday, September 28, 2008, My Book Launch Party was held, hosted by my dear friend and mentor, Fawn Germer (www.fawngermer.com), who taught me how to get this book written and published. We had a very good time eating Greek food and focusing on the new reality of Hey Boomers, Dust Off Your Backpacks: Travel The World on a Limited Budget. Many people not only bought a book for themselves, but went home with a few Christmas presents for their friends. I had fun inscribing each book in a personal way.
Fawn tells me that rather soon, authors shorten their written front page commentary when there are lines of folks patiently waiting for their turn to get your autograph. That will be a welcome landmark to have reached….but until then, I indulge us both.
I like to make speeches and did have that opportunity this night. Naturally, later on, I was coming up with all sorts of brilliant ideas about what else I should have added to perhaps go for the goosebumps. I think my friends were lucky that those inspirations only occurred to me at 3 a.m. and not while I was still standing before them.
Yes, these are once in a lifetime days…but now that the book exists in real life, I find that I am getting carried away by the next duty and the next, which I must do to serve it. I find it difficult to spend adequate time savoring the moments as they whiz past. Just today, I sent out 36 press releases to radio and TV stations as well as newspapers, hoping for speaking engagements and interviews. And, those were only the local ones. Next, packets must go to some major talk shows. Well, why not try, for goodness sakes?
Many new ideas and related ones crowd in to be tackled. Particularly, I must get going on the plans for my next around-the-world journey coming up in three short months. I’ll be posting that unfolding story as I investigate two newly-discovered websites: www.couchsurfing.com and www.findacrew.net. Perhaps, my second book will reveal my story of sleeping free on people’s spare beds or couches and vagabond sailing across the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere.
Then, I can have a Second Time In a Lifetime Book Launch…and so it goes.