March 9, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The Us Weekly was enough to make my Saturday a little brighter. Then I made it up the steps with my mail in one hand, my Chinese takeout in the other, when I saw a History Press/Arcadia Publishing box at my apartment door.
I’ve spent the past few weeks handling the business side of the publication of my first-ever book entitled Louisville Diners (brace yourselves, this is the first of many mentions of the book title). The work isn’t as sexy as you’d think. Writing is easy, but I’ve learned that you also have to handle your business like a boss.
So anyhoodles, a March 16 publication date had been floating around for a few weeks, but the arrival of my first copies from the publisher and confirmation of that date put everything into place. If I hadn’t been so hungry for Chinese and celebrity gossip, I might’ve dropped everything in my arms and ripped open the box right at my threshold. There was also an 18-pound
terror terrier waiting for me who was more worried about a potty break than my debut into the publishing world. Eventually, I ripped through the box with my car key, jumped up and down without shaking anything to the ground, and shed a couple of happy tears as Roscoe gave me the stink eye for not leashing him up fast enough. I didn’t care about his judgement — a hard copy of my first-ever book was in my hands.
There is still a huge part of me that is having a hard time grasping that this book has happened. There is are two covers with words between them that I wrote. There’s a page in the back with my picture under about the author and I’m that author. It’s all so surreal. There aren’t enough hashtags to express all the emotions, but here are a few:
Now that Louisville Diners is in hand, it’s time for some shameless self-promotion. *clears throat, cracks knuckles*
- Louisville Diners will be released Monday, March 16. You can buy it online at the publisher’s website, HistoryPress.net, and at retailers around Louisville. I’ll have a more solidified list of stores carrying Louisville Diners in the coming weeks.
- Louisville Diners is about Louisville diners — the places, not the people. I wrote about more than a dozen diners in the area, interviewed some other food writers and community folks and got to know the people who make great, down-home food in our city. The back of the book says it best: “Packed with insightful interviews and helpful tips that only a local can provide, Louisville Diners is a delectable look into the best the city has to offer.”
- My first official signing will be from 3-4 p.m. March 21 at McQuixote Books and Coffee inside the Tim Faulkner Art Gallery in Portland (1512 Portland Ave.) I will have books for sale and I’ll sign your copy with something rich and thought-provoking (just kidding, I’ll do this by the seat of my pants). Click here for more info.
- Then, I’ll pack some snacks for a journey out of the county. I’ll be at the Oldham County Library on April 2 (the Mahan Library, 12505 Harmony Landing Lane in Goshen, to be exact) for a talk and signing. I love libraries AND I’m regionally friendly, folks.
- On May 14, I’ll be at Carmichael’s Bookstore at 7 p.m., selling my wares and maybe getting a laugh or two.
Those are all the events that are set in stone — FOR NOW. In the meantime, the lovely folks at History Press will be convincing various local retailers that Louisville Diners is worth a spot on the shelf along with scheduling more signings and events. I also have a crack team of talented friends who are helping me plan a fun party to celebrate the book. Stay tuned for more details.
I’m still just shy of Oprah levels of a full schedule, so you can reach out to me directly if you’re interested in having my book and/or me pop up at your business. Just send me an email at ashlee [dot] eats [at] gmail [dot] com.
Now, it’s time to cozy up in my reading chair with my Us Weekly. Celebrity gossip waits for no author.