Or I will be horribly lonely.
The “Dayton Book Expo” (being held 11 to 4 at Sinclair Community College) is going to be a blast, full of first-time authors telling their life stories, experienced novelists with another edge-of-your-chair romance, and panels of folks for you to listen to. Many of the books have been self-published, so if you think you might want to follow that path, follow I-75 to Dayton.
Now about that loneliness thing….
I’m going to be selling and signing my book Communication Tools Made Easy, which is a great one-stop reference shop to give you a smattering of knowledge of computers, oral and written communication, business etiquette and more. It’s a fantastic book, if I do say so myself (and actually, it’s gotten great reviews). However, flashy it’s not. Romance it’s not. It pales in comparison, despite its cheery yellow cover.
But check out these testimonials:
A workbook targeting business communication instructors, students, and freelancers, Communication Tools Made Easy by Wendy Hart Beckman (geology ’80) presents the nuts and bolts of computer software/hardware, oral and written communications, graphics and photography, business etiquette, and professional collaboration.
OK, why did they mention geology? I confess. That was the magazine of my alma mater, Virginia Tech. (Go Hokies!)
But how about this one?
Beckman’s workbook for communicators contains a treasure trove of good advice based on sound principles, all presented in an easy-to-follow format. What’s more, her practical guidelines are sprinkled with entertaining asides and humorous stories about communication wisdom gained from some of her own missteps. Among communication modes examined are public speaking, group meeting management, collaborative writing, interviewing techniques, productive Web site searches and strategies for overcoming writer’s block. The author, who is also a teacher, designed the workbook as a help to both seasoned professionals and students. Among other topics of interest are computer hardware, software, graphics, photography and commercial printing.
Ah! That was another reviewer from another magazine from another alma mater, the University of Cincinnati.
But enough about my reviews.
At the Dayton Book Expo, I will have the first edition of Communication Tools Made Easy available for $15. If you already have any of my other books, I’ll gladly sign a book plate for you to stick in them. You can also just stop by for writing advice.
If you might be interested in hiring me as an editor, bring five pages of your manuscript with you so that I can take a look at your writing.
I will also be participating on the 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. panel, “Writing for Aspiring Authors.” Then I will go back to keeping my poor books company amidst all their flashy neighbors. 😉