The answer to the “Where in the World?” question can now be answered, with Garden Grove, CA. The first copy of Misfit McCabe which will be traveling has finally arrived. I have never been a patient person, and I thought I was going to wear a path between my desk and the mail room over the past couple days as I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Book 1 (Purple). i couldn’t believe it when it was actually here and I could open it up and look at my novel in hard bound version for the first time. Fortunately everything looks good and there is no white border on the cover since I have already ordered the other copies to be shipped to their starting points. I didn’t want to wait until I had the first copy since the production time is 10-15 days for hard bound books. I want the books to get out there and start traveling around.
I am working on the press release, so I can announce the start of the “Where in the World is Misfit McCabe?” campaign and I am now working on packages to send out to schools to get them involved in the project. Now is the time, because soon we will start to see the movement of the books.
All for now.
I briefly mentioned Where in the World is Misfit McCabe? in my last post and I thought now would be a good time to elaborate a little more on the concept and what I expect to accomplish with this project.
I normally am an inveterate book keeper and re-reader. Books are like friends and I enjoy reading an old favorite from time to time. Or, I’ll re-read a book because I really enjoyed the language, or appreciate how the author structured the book. I also read every night to help me relax enough so that I can drift off to sleep and for that process, reading a new book is not always helpful because I will always want to turn the next page to find out what happens, where with a previously read book I know what happens, so my mind can relax. So, for me the concept of reading a book and passing it on to someone else is a little foreign, but I know several people who do that very thing. They enjoy reading, but don’t keep any of the books to re-read. If they enjoy a book, they’ll recommend it to a friend and pass it along.
These thoughts were passing through my head as I was looking at my copy of Stealing Wishes by Shannon Yarbrough, who has said on more than one occasion that the saddest thing for a book is to be unread. I had read and reviewed the book and was considering sending it on to some friends who might enjoy it as much as I did. (Sorry Shannon, I still haven’t won the battle with sending it on.) At this point, I had the thought that it would be really fun to be able to track a book as it is passed from reader to reader. It would be interesting to see all of the places that the book has been and wonder about the people who had read it.
When I was young, not quite back to the point of dinosaurs, but definitely before the age of email, I used to get chain letters sent to me. It captured my imagination to wonder about the people who had received the letter before me and wonder about who it would go to in the future. Of course, any chain letter sent to me with the instructions to copy it out by hand 10 times and send it on were doomed to die by sudden death because while I loved to think about the possibilities, I never actually sent one on. I am glad to say that none of the dire predictions for breaking the chain ever came true. So, then the thought about having a book chain came to mind, without the peskiness of having to copy it out 10 times before sending it on.
At that point, the floodgates opened and ideas kept coming. I’d put together a website so that people could register that they had the book and where they were. Ooh – it would be neat to have a map to put markers on so that each location would be highlighted. The markers should be color coded so that each book line could be tracked, because why stop with just one book. Which one would go the farthest? Which would be read by more people? I could put a page to track all of the locations, so that everyone coming to the site could learn about the places, and post their own comments. What if someone didn’t have anyone to pass it on to? I could create a page so that people could register to receive one of the copies if that happened.
It took me awhile to catch up with all of the ideas the kept pouring forth, plus, I had to create the book in a hard bound edition, re-design the cover to meet the new specifications and wait for the books to start shipping. The production time frame for hard bound books is much longer than for paperbacks, so the waiting has been absolute torture for me. I continue to think of ideas for the site, but want to hold back and wait to see what happens organically.
You are welcome to stop by and see the website and drop me a comment on it. Where in the World is Misfit McCabe?