Monthly Archives: June 2009

In Brooklyn (and Manhattan)

This week I made a flying visit to the Big Apple to try out for Jeopardy! Since By the Rivers of Brooklyn doesn’ t have a US publisher yet, it’s a big soon to do much book promotion down there, but I did get to visit and drop off copies of the book (in hopes they’ll want to carry it) at three great independent bookstores: Book Court and WORD in Brooklyn, and McNally Jackson in Manhattan.



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Upcoming Events

Had a great signing at Chapters today; it was fun meeting lots of new people as well as a few old friends who dropped by to pick up copies of the book.

A few dates to keep in mind if you’d like to get a signed copy of the book in St. John’s:

Sunday, June 28: Signing at Costco, 1-3 p.m.

Sunday, July 5: Signing at Coles in the Avalon Mall, 2-4 p.m.

Sunday, July 12: Signing at Costco, 1-3 p.m.


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Top 50
As you can see, the online launch served its purpose thanks to you! By the Rivers of Brooklyn made it not just into the top 50, but into the top ten of Indigo’s bestsellers for June 17, due to all those of you who ordered the book yesterday. I hope you receive your copies promptly.

Books published by smaller regional presses need all the buzz they can get to attract some attention on the national scene, so this has been a huge help and I really appreciate it. I am up there with Dean Koontz, Stephanie Meyer and Dan Brown — perhaps not literary giants, but definitely household names!!

What would be even more amazing is to keep it going for a couple of days (or more), because the longer it’s up there, the more people who haven’t seen the book before will notice it and check it out.  So if you didn’t get in on the online launch yesterday but were thinking of ordering the book, do it soon, and you’ll still be helping get the word out about the book.

Now to the launch-day prizes and other details…

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Welcome to the Online Launch Party!


It’s the official online launch of By the Rivers of Brooklyn. And you get the same thing the people at the live launch got: a little bit of me reading from the book (at the launch, the reading was longer, and the lighting was better!):

Here’s how you can participate in the online party:

1. Post here to say “Hi!” “Congratulations!” “I’m wearing my virtual pink silk party dress and while nibbling on a piece of virtual chocolate cheesecake!” or whatever gets you in the party mood.

2. Go to THIS LINK and order a copy of By the Rivers of Brooklyn. The more orders we get in one day the more buzz it will create around the book on Indigo’s site (at least, that’s the plan).

3. Post here and say, “I ordered a copy of the book today from Indigo!” If you would like to be entered in the prize draw, add: “Please include my name in the prize draw,” and I will.

What are the prizes, you may ask?

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Launch Day (and a new book trailer)

The official By the Rivers of Brooklyn launch is tonight from 7:00-9:00 at Bianca’s restaurant on Water STreet in St. John’s. If you’re in town, please drop by!

In honour of launch day, a new promo trailer for the book that I put together last night:

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Online Launch News — and Prizes!

So, as I’ve told you, the launch party for By the Rivers of Brooklyn is on Tuesday, June 16 at Bianca’s restaurant here in St. John’s.

If you can’t make it there, you’re invited to the online party June 17, right here in front of your computer.

The goal is get as many people as possible to order By the Rivers of Brooklyn from in one day, in hopes of creating a little buzz around the book. All you have to do is order the book anytime on June 17 and, if you like, post here to tell me that you’ve ordered it.

For extra fun, you can post and tell me what virtual snacks you’re bringing to the virtual party, or anything fun like that.

For even more fun (I’m overusing the word “fun” now!), I am offering some incentives for people who tell me they’ve ordered the book on launch day.

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Launch News!

Official launch dates!

Here in St. John’s, the book launch is going to be Tuesday evening, June 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bianca’s restaurant downtown.  I will be reading, signing, and hoping to see everyone.

For those who can’t be there, I will be having an online “virtual launch party” the next day, Wednesday, June 17. I’m encouraging everyone who wants to order the book from Indigo to place their order on that day to see if we can create a little “buzz” around the book on their site. 

Watch here for updates on both launches!

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