May 5, 2018

For those of you who have been kind enough to join me and my family on this journey, I can imagine you are at least a little curious as to how the big book launch went last Saturday evening. In one word, it was . . . GREAT! My whole family pitched in and we turned Magee’s into a wonder-world of Bluegrass Files paraphernalia. With bourbon bottles adorned with flowers on every table, posters large and small, and photo opportunities, the place looked great. Most importantly the fifty-or-so folks who showed up were greeted with smiling faces, hot coffee, and warm biscuits and cookies. It was an honor for me to sign the 46 books we sold that night (more books than most independently published books sell in their entire existence). And, almost best of all, my sister and brother-in-law, who were in Florida and, “unable to attend,” walked through the door about thirty minutes into the event. Honestly, I was literally choked up.

The next morning, I had the pleasure of taking my whole family out to a lovely restaurant called Palmers for brunch. As I sat there with my family (including my one-year-old granddaughter, Gwen) I had an epiphany. You see, writing a novel and publishing it independently, it’s almost impossible to break even, no less make any money. But at this point, life for me and my wife, Denise, is much more about having great experiences than making money. Sitting at that table and thinking about the people in front of me and the events of the previous evening, I could honestly say that those experiences made the three years of very hard work I’ve put in more than worth it.

I won’t go on much longer. Suffice it to say that, as in every “business,” the minute one event or phase is over the question on everyone’s mind is, “What’s next.” For us, it is going to be an attempt to help folks, particularly in Kentucky, realize that a good mystery book, one set in Lexington, makes a great Mother’s Day gift. If you check out my f j messina facebook page, you’ll see the great post that Kristin developed for the occasion, as well as some wonderful photos from the event at Magee’s. Hope you enjoy them.

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