Jennings County library event

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Jennings County library event

Here I am at the Jennings County Public Library Indiana Authors Book Signing Event in North Vernon, Indiana, on March 29, 2014. Had fun mingling with the locals as well as the other authors.

I heard some very interesting stories from some very interesting people. A lady talked about a lot of illness she’d been though as well as some unique ways she was healed. A man talked with me about a case in which he feels he’s been wronged due to corruption in the legal system where he lives.

It’s always interesting talking to fellow authors abut their interests, as well as how their journeys to getting published went.

The first Buddy T-shirt

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The first Buddy T-shirt

I just received the first T-shirt featuring the cover of my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher.” I’ve got the cover on the front and back of the shirt. I also got a QR code put on the front, in case people who have that sort of reader on their smartphones and want to purchase a book immediately, can do so. I got premium, super soft shirt from Vistaprint, which I’ve also used to print business cards, a mouse pad and a coffee cup. If anybody wants something like this, let me know and I’ll check into pricing. Vistaprint offers specials now and then, so we might be able to do it pretty inexpensively.

Indiana Authors Book Signing

Jennings County Public Library, 2375 State Road 3, North Vernon, IN 47265 (812) 346-2091

Jennings County Public Library, 2375 State Road 3, North Vernon, IN 47265
(812) 346-2091

I’m pleased to announce that I’m one of the authors invited to participate in the Indiana Authors Book Signing March 28-29 at the Jennings County Public Library in North Vernon.

I’ll be there, with copies of my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” from 3-6 p.m. Friday, March 28 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29. The event itself runs from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

I haven’t heard who else might be there yet, but I’m sure there will be several talented Indiana authors in attendance.

I’m looking forward to meeting everybody!

Tomah! Tomah!

There’s a new event planned for west central Wisconsin this spring at which folks will be able to purchase autographed copies of “Murder in Wauwatosa.”

The first Tomah Rotary Beer and Sausage Fest is scheduled for 2-6 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Tomah Recreation Park.

I was invited to attend and sell autographed copies of my book. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend due to a previous engagement. But the host said he’d be willing to promote and sell autographed books at the fest as long as I supply him with said books. So, that’s what we’re going to do.

Tomah is southeast of Eau Claire, east of La Crosse and northwest of Portage and Wisconsin Dells. 

If they run out of books, just send $20 to me at PO Box 2611, Columbus, IN 47203 and I’ll get you an autographed copy.

We’re back in the top 1%

It’s been a while, but “Murder in Wauwatosa” has jumped back into the top 1% of books ranked by Amazon’s author website. Of more than 8 million paperbacks listed on the site, “Murder in Wauwatosa” hit spot No. 62,660 on Feb. 12, 2014.

We’ve only finished a day ranked that high three other times since the book came out in July 2012:

38,028 on Sept. 23, 2012

40,637 on May 8, 2013

46,660 on Dec. 1, 2012

Thanks for all your support!

 

Scrapbook of the Book

For Christmas 2013, my wife spent endless hours making a scrapbook of my journey of getting a book published, then going around to all sorts of presentations, book signings, and whatnot. She sprinkled in inspirational quotes, author-type artwork and more. thought it was kind of cool, so I’ll share some of what’s in it.

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Middle-schooler’s book report on “Murder in Wauwatosa”

OK, this is totally cool. We now have access to the first known book report on “Murder in Wauwatosa,” and it’s fantastic!

Longfellow Middle School student Katie Scallon did a book report on “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” and put together a slide show with music for her presentation. I also attended Longfellow (although at that time, it was a junior high school).

The song she chose was “Midnight, The Stars and You,” an old jazz tune that is also played under the ending credits for the movie “The Shining.” You know, that one with Jack Nicholson and one of my all-time favorite actors/voices, Scatman Crothers (the voice of Hong Kong Phooey!)

Click here to see it.

A few photos – just for fun

My wife and I before going to see "Grease" at The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana.

My wife and I before going to see “Grease” at The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana.

 

A photo illustration by by high school classmate, Art Mellor, famed Milwaukee photographer.

A photo illustration by by high school classmate, Art Mellor, famed Milwaukee photographer.

At Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

At Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Here I am at my table at the Greenwood (Indiana) Public Library during its Local Author Fair on Nov. 9, 2013.

Here I am at my table at the Greenwood (Indiana) Public Library during its Local Author Fair on Nov. 9, 2013.

Here I am placing one of my "Murder in Wauwatosa" books in a Free Little Library on Warren Avenue in Wauwatosa this summer. These little libraries are so cool. People come by, pick up a book and leave one.

Here I am placing one of my “Murder in Wauwatosa” books in a Free Little Library on Warren Avenue in Wauwatosa this summer. These little libraries are so cool. People come by, pick up a book and leave one.

Advertising campaign

I’m starting an advertising campaign with Marcus Promotions, placing ads in some of its Footlights programs – the in-theater programs you get at plays and shows in and around Milwaukee. I’d like to thank Angie Mack for helping me get this campaign under way, and the Marcus Promotions design staff for its great work on these ads. 

Hopefully, we’ll be able to spread the word about Buddy Schumacher’s story around the Milwaukee area in the next few months. I believe the first Footlights we’re scheduled to run in is the “Groucho: A Life in Review,” the story of funny man Grouch Marx, at Next Act Theatre in Walker’s Point,  Nov. 14 to Dec. 8.

My wife and I love to attend live theater. There are so many great productions, something for everybody in the family. I encourage you to check out the huge variety of great shows you can see in the Milwaukee area by clicking right here!

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