(The table poster I'll be using at the Vegas Valley Book Festival)
On Saturday, November 6th, at 2pm, I will be selling inscribed copies of Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.
The signing will last for an hour, and I will be selling paperback copies of the book for $8 cash.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is being held in downtown Las Vegas at the historic Fifth Street School building, and the event will feature 100 different authors, including such heavy-hitters as T.C. Boyle and Dennis Lehane.
As I am a lowly first-time author who is unrepresented by a major publishing house, my table will be located in the Fountain Courtyard area, and I will be given a mere 2 minutes to introduce myself at the podium.
This is what I am planning to say:
"My name is J.J. Wylie, and I wrote a vampire thriller called Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir. I never planned on writing a vampire book, and if you'd told me 2 years ago that my first published novel would be a vampire story, I would've laughed in your face.
"But Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir is the product of 3 unforeseen factors:
"1. In May of 2009, I had a kind of midlife crisis and decided to quit my well-paying corporate job to pursue my lifelong dream of being a full-time writer.
"2. Later that summer, my girlfriend brought home the DVD of 'Twilight' which we then tried valiantly to watch.
"3. As we struggled to watch a movie that apparently had been written for virginal, hormone-addled teenage girls, I began to imagine a 'real' vampire watching this movie and getting pissed off. So, by the time the movie was over, I had 3 pages of in-character vampire ranting about how people have no idea what it's really like to be a vampire.
"Although that original rant never made it into the final version of Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir, I finished the book with the idea of creating a locally-set thriller that is both a variation and an homage to the kind of vampire entertainment that seems to be everywhere nowadays.
"Most importantly, I wanted it to be fun to read, in a violent and sexy, R-rated kind of way -- as opposed to a boring, brooding, PG-13 kind of way. An R-rating just seems fitting for a thriller based in Sin City.
"And, yes, I am planning to publish a sequel. Thank you."
What do you think?
I hope to see all of you there at the Vegas Valley Book Festival.