My book, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, has been out for just about a year now, and since it was the first year of my first book, it was a special one. I want to thank everyone who bought, read, and shared it. I was hoping that it would do well, and since it has already seen a second print run, I can say that I’m more than pleased with its success. The best things about the publication side of the writing life are the people you meet and the conversations you have.
The AWP conference in LA this year was a great time and taught me a lot about the business end of this. I met or reconnected with a number of passionate writers, editors, and publishers, people whose passion advances the culture of literature. (See an earlier post for more on the conference, including pics.)
2017, for me, will be exciting. I’ll be relocating to El Paso, TX (my hometown) and hoping to finish my first novel. There will be more readings/events coming up, including a big one in February that I’m dying to announce. I’m excited about what’s to come.
I’ll be reading on the New Mexico State campus this Friday, April 8 at 7:30 PM in the Health and Social Sciences 101A auditorium. Below is info from the Facebook event page.
Like to hear a good story? How about two? Please make room on Friday for this very special night of story-telling. Paul Pedroza will read from his collection, The Dead Will Rise And Save Us, and MFA candidate Savannah Johnston will share her fiction from her thesis. It’s going to be such a treat! One that you want to share with friends, family, and acquaintances you want to impress.
The AWP16 conference was good times. Not only did I get to spend a lot of time with writers and friends and writer friends, but I also enjoyed a successful book signing and a fortifying session at the AWP Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program table. As a mentor, I enjoyed answering questions from writers who are a little hesitant about applying for MFA programs and are exploring their options, but I also learned a lot about the challenge of balancing full lives with writing dreams.
If you’re heading to Los Angeles next week for the AWP Conference, stop by the Veliz Books table (#2039) at the book fair on Thursday, March 31 from 2-3 PM. I’ll be signing copies of my story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us.
I’ll be reading on the New Mexico State campus in Las Cruces on April 8. The event starts at 7:30 PM in the Health and Social Services auditorium, room 101A. Details about the reading series can be found here.
On February 19, my book was officially released at a special event held at the 501 Bar & Bistro in downtown El Paso.
The turnout was great, and it was a special night that I won’t soon forget. Below are some pics from the event. (Photo credits: Veliz Books, Laura Caldera-Marquez, Carol Fonseca)