J. Drew Brumbaugh

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Writing and Promoting

Jumping between the writing department and the promotional department can be a struggle.  There’s never enough time for both and yet somehow it must get done.

Currently the writer is nearing the three-quarter mark on the first revision to the final book in the Tirumfall Trilogy.  As with all rewrites this one is going to take several more iterations before it’s ready to publish but at least it’s moving along.  I have to admit some of the characters in book 3 are doing things I had not had in mind when I began writing this novel and there might be a bit of it that seems shocking to some readers.  I just hope it ends up being the kind of shock where the reader goes “Wow.  I didn’t see that coming.” in a good way.

Meanwhile, the promotion department is moving forward on several fronts centered around “Bula Bridge” and how best to market it within the local area.  Up to this point, it  has not gone smoothly.  So far attempts to hold a book signing have not produced anything positive.   I hope one way or the other there is something to report soon.

Bula Bridge Signing Party

I know I mentioned to a number of people that there would soon be a book signing (or reading) in Ashtabula, and so far there hasn’t been one.  Never fear, it is still in the works.  The problem has been finding the right date/time and location.  As soon as the details are finalized, I’ll post it here. In the meantime, anyone looking for a copy of Bula Bridge remember that if you’re visiting Bridge Street in Ashtabula, Carlisle’s has copies and I’m sure they’ll be happy to sell you one. And while you’re in there, tell them you’d like to see them handle copies of the prequel, War Party.  Thanks. Looking forward to seeing some of you soon out on Bridge Street.

Book Signing in Quincy

I spent Memorial Day afternoon with Ryan and Angie at Quincy Books and Toys in Quincy, Illinois. Things started out rather gloomy since when I got there I couldn’t tell from out in the parking lot whether the bookstore was even open.  It was, though other than Angie, who works there, the store was empty.  Ryan showed up shortly thereafter and we had a running discussion the rest of the afternoon as customers drifted in and out.  We talked about writing, book selling, and a number of other subjects.  Meanwhile, I greeted readers as they came in and twisted arms until they took one of my bookmarks even if they had no interest in genre that I write.  All in all it was a fun afternoon, sold a few books, met some nice people, and handed out a stack of bookmarks.  If you are in the area you should get to know Ryan, Quincy Books and if you write, the Hannibal Writers Guild.  Here are photos of me with my books on display and one of me with Ryan and Angie.  Thanks to them both.

For more info on Quincy Books check out their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/QuincyBooks/

Happy reading everyone.

Bula Bridge Promo Circuit

On Friday, along with my account manager, I did a loop through Ashtabula County visiting places tied into my book.  First stop was The Corner Bar in Austinburg, a spot where in Chapter 12 the terrorist group meets to plot their own version of the Ashtabula Railroad Disaster of 1876. We left a book for the owner and handed out bookmarks (thanks Graydon) to the patrons around the bar.  

From there it was on to Presrite Jeffrerson to give a copy of the book to the guy who provided the inspiration for Bula Bridge by first telling me about the 19thcentury railroad wreck.  There I got a warm reception and we handed out a lot more bookmarks and had some lively discussion about the book.  

Next stop was Bridge Street in Ashtabula.  Since it was coffee time we went to Harbor Perk Coffeehouse first, another meeting place for the terrorists (Chapters 8 and 28) as they continued to plot the destruction of a railroad bridge.  I left a book with manager, Mike, and asked about possibly doing a book signing there.  That needs the owner’s approval and is pending.  Last scheduled stop was at Carlisle’s next door to the coffee shop where the owner graciously agreed to have three copies of Bula Bridge on the shelf for sale.  Carlisle’s is a great place to browse so stop in next time you visit Bridge Street.  

After that, it was off to Geneva Lodge for a glass of champagne to celebrate a successful trip. There we met a couple waiting for the wine tour and after some conversation they wanted copies of the books. So, two books sold and the promo trip really was done. 

Bula Bridge Released

Well today’s the day. Finally “Bula Bridge” is released and ready to buy both as an ebook and in print. This book is my answer to the many requests I got to write another book so readers could find out more about Tommy Galiwee and his friends. This time there’s more about Johanna, who it turns out is a lot more than Tommy thought. I hope you aren’t disappointed. Here are the links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFS85PJ Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.com/dp/173230131X paperback edition

Bula Bridge update

Finally the ebook is going live on April 23. Yippee! You can pre-order it at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFS85PJ though it will be going on sale in a couple of weeks so you might want to hold off.As for the print version, it still awaits final proof approval and that won’t happen before this weekend. Print version should be available by the time the ebook is released.

Bula Bridge Proof NOT coming

I’m beginning to think the universe is against “Bula Bridge” for some reason. The proof copy I was supposed to get yesterday (yes, Amazon even delivers on Sunday) is now lost and no one at Amazon can figure out where it was delivered. So no proof copy and no review and thus no release date. I had to order another one. Maybe I’ll get it by the end of the week, maybe not. How does this happen?

Bula Bridge Proof Coming

Yipee! Finally it appears that the cover and text for the sequel to “War Party” are done. The digital version passed inspection and now I’m just waiting on the printed proof to be sure everything is as it should be. Once that arrives it won’t take long to know if any more fixes are necessary and then the release date can be set (fingers crossed). In the meantime I think I’ll post the e-cover on my website as a teaser. If you want to take a peek, here’s the link: https://jdrewbrumbaugh.com/books/bula-bridge/

Bula Bridge Almost Done

I got the final comments back from my editor and she pointed out some serious problems with the last two chapters; felt I rushed through it and thought there really needed to be more details.  As usual, she was right and so it was back to work, filling in the blanks she’d pointed out and smoothing out the prose so it reads better too.  That puts this novel one step closer to publication, thank God. Since I always like to see a proof print version before I get the ebook going, I’ll be formatting a file to submit to the printer, getting it okayed and then have a copy shipped to me.  With any luck, it won’t have any major issues and I can get both print and e-version published soon thereafter.  Thanks to both my editor and beta readers, and to all the readers who have been so patient.