A Little About A Lot

Hello friends–I’m wondering if you’ve had times when you’ve felt overwhelmed by commitments to which you’ve blithely said, “Sure, I’ll do that,”  and then, seeing a list of what you’re taken on–and wouldn’t dream of backing out of–you’re suddenly face-slapping yourself and choking out, “OMG, what have I done?” And at the same time, you wouldn’t change a thing.

That’s what my event schedule for The Language of Kin is looking like to me. And I’m grateful as more is being added. Crews are back in their studios since my last novel so there are more podcasts and radio interviews. At least those don’t require me to clean-up, amen, but I’ll tell you what does: live video interviews  and in person events. Those mean I’ll need to wash my hair, style it, come up with clean, matching, and unwrinkled clothes, put on makeup that doesn’t look like I’m a refugee from Cabaret, and–a true challenge–find shoes that aren’t flip flops.  This may not sound like a lot, but I’m a writer so this may be something I usually manage once a week but not all at once. Yes, I do realize that those of you who don’t work from home do all of these simultaneously at least five days a week; I bow to your  skill and bravery.

During Covid, I would have killed for a schedule like this. There were no opportunities to interact face-to-face with readers, to discuss and connect. Somehow, I guess I got used to it when my last book came out and now a normal publication life for an author has turned daunting, maybe even scary. And I know there are authors whose schedule shows a great deal more travel.

“No, I will not look at that atrocity! Not only is there no noble, handsome and smart Lab in it, which she owes me big time, but she makes a big fuss about a chimpanzee! What is WRONG with her?”

But I’m especially thankful that independent bookstores are open and even thriving and want authors to come to them, grateful for the book-loving communities who read and spread the word about new literature, and for libraries that are the hearts of so many of our towns. They acquire, display, and recommend literature. Don’t forget to thank a librarian and the people who work in your local bookstore (if you’re lucky enough to have one.) You can ask your local library to acquire The Language of Kin. That’s always really helpful to a novel.

Here’s some bits of information: my event schedule is on my website, here: https://www.lynnehugo.com/events.  I’d love to see you in person or have you join a virtual event.

AND there is a Goodreads Giveaway going on right now. One hundred free e-books are on offer. I’ll give you a link to enter the contest. And please, put The Language of Kin on your Want To Read list if you’re a Goodreads person– What’s behind a Goodreads giveaway is the hope of generating extra reader reviews as early as possible because they count a lot with potential buyers. (So far early reader reviews of The Language of Kin have been, no kidding, stellar.) You can go to Goodreads.com and look up the novel and read them for yourself. And the one review that’s hidden, because it contains spoilers–go ahead and read it anyway. The author says that the review doesn’t contain spoilers.)

This link is to the Goodreads Giveaway, which ends June 12, is:  https://bit.ly/3BYM8OY

If you’re a book buyer yourself,  please know that any pre-order made through any outlet (brick and mortar bookstore, any online outlet such as Amazon, etc., Bookshop.org, or IndieBound.org) makes an enormous difference. It tells the publisher that there’s desire for the book, and the publisher then knows about additional print runs that will be needed, and, too, plans other ways to promote it. Honestly, this is why authors are always asking you to preorder a book and/or to ask your library or local bookstore to carry it.

If you’re curious about Scout, thank you for caring! Although he still often struggles to get to his feet by himself, he’s walking unassisted, not a fan of hot, humid weather, and is doing a fair amount of going out alone, knee to belly deep in our small, singing creek to retrieve his ball. When he’s in the mood, he’ll do a short, lopsided trot/run on the trail, also after his ball. We’re working on getting him to swim again, which would be the perfect exercise, finding spots in the river that are deep enough and the current is very lazy. We have to dress so that we could easily go in after him. Yes, his vets are thrilled with his progress, which was never a sure thing.

Thank you! I hope your summer has started off beautifully and hasn’t galloped off on its own (yet)!  I’d love to hear your plans in the comments section. One randomly selected person, first name drawn by my neighbor from that of those who comment will get my second to last copy of the print Advance Reader Copy. Pre-proofreading mistakes included.

14 Responses to A Little About A Lot

  1. So proud of Lynne and this very special book that I watched her worked so hard on . Her love of the natural world and the animals that inhabit it , as well as her understanding of the communication that is so essential between people who care and take responsibility for each other, inspire the writing. So read it and come to one of the many events scheduled. You won’t be disappointed.

    • It probably won’t surprise anyone who read that extremely objective comment to know he’s my husband…
      I hope I can live up to this.

  2. I am so so excited to read your new book! I have loved all your other books, and so have my book club ladies.❤️ I so wish I could be at your book signing/ presentation at Quarter Moon Book Store in Topsail, NC- just like when you were there in 2019 with all the cousins!! Such great memories!! And most importantly, I am so, so, so happy to hear about Scout. You guys are amazing. I know the challenges you overcame for his rehibilitation- all out of love.❤️❤️ Love you all!!❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Carol, thank you so much! I wish you could be at Topsail, too. I’ll just be in the area for a few days, but that event should be really fun. Lori Fisher, the owner, will have live music and, of course, her wine bar, and I’ll be signing and chatting with people. I so appreciate you and your book club ladies. Thanks, too, for caring so much about Scout. His gait is wonky but he does his best, as do we. Sending love.

  3. So exciting!! It’s a happy diet of whirlwind. You’ll be fabulous, of course. ❤️

    • …because computers have minds of their own. Not sensible minds, and not minds that do/say what we want them to; more like the minds of recalcitrant toddlers. That’s my theory.

  4. So glad to see Scout up and about!
    I’m looking forward to the Language of Kin and pre-ordered it already so no need for me to enter the contest. My husband just read in a science magazine that within a species of birds there are regional accents! Is that true or just what zealous bird watchers infer?
    All best,
    Judith Stiles

    • So good of you to have pre-ordered, Judith. I hope you love the story and I’ll be interested in your thoughts after you read. I THINK my author copies will be here soon, and I should have said that if someone wants to wait, I’ll be happy to sign and inscribe a finished copy however she/he would like. I never want to pick a person myself–so I have my neighbor draw a name out of a bowl. And about the birds. I have zero idea about that, but have a good friend who’s a Ph.D. ornithologist, and I will ask him. When I get an answer, I’ll edit this response and tell you what he says! It’s a good question.

      Judith–please see the reply from Barbara! She has the answer for you about regional bird accents. In short: it’s true, y’all.

  5. It’s excellent news all around, from the events, to the reviews, to Scout!

    Thanks for the laugh about prepping for face to face events. 🙂

    • Well, thank you, Donna. And you know, I’m actually not joking about face to face events! Yesterday a social media advisor told me I should think about Instagram live posting and I considered getting ready for one and said, “Uh huh. And some other fresh ideas?”

  6. No Phd needed on regional bird accents-just listen to Cornell’s bird songs app and hear the subtle differences from one area to another. I am so anxious to read your new book and to ponder how much research went into yet another novel. As for Scout-your care and devotion to getting him back on his feet could not have been better. I know he knows it too!! Hang in there with your new schedules, dog demands aside!

    • Thank you for the answer to the bird songs regional accents question! And knowing your interests in both animal/human and human/human communication AND eldercare issues, I do think The Language of Kin is likely to be a novel right up your alley. Thanks so much for all the encouragement and support with Scout’s rehabilitation. It’s a long road.

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