Dark Days for Robin — guest post by Jodi Meadows
I was warned about going on tour.
When I found out I’d be going on one of the Dark Days tours, I researched author tours. I saw warnings about eating when you can, sleeping when you can, and making sure you pack a carryon bag in case your checked bag gets lost and you can’t change your underwear until it catches up with you — which it won’t, because you are constantly on the move.
Dutifully, I prepared myself for starvation and sleep-deprivation, and made sure I had all my clothes packed into one bag that could fit under the seat in front of me on an airplane. (You know how those overhead compartments are always full of, like, someone’s sweater they can’t be bothered to hold on their lap.) I was ready to be in public-mode for all hours.
Yeah, the Dark Days tour was not like what I had prepared for. While my first day was a 4AM day–I had an early flight–the tour itself was not filled with 28-hour days. (I’m sure they could have managed if they’d wanted.) We had time after flights to hang out with one another, talk, eat, even visit with family.
Our days went like this: get up, eat breakfast, take an airplane, freshen up at the hotel, go to the event, and then eat dinner. (Lunch was kind of hit or miss, since we were usually in the air at lunchtime. One of our media escorts threw snacks at us as soon as we got in her car, though. She should get a raise.) Not a bad day, right? The events were pretty awesome, too.
First, we had interviews with local book bloggers. I think that helped us loosen up a little and got us ready to answer questions in front of dozens of people. Then, we headed into the store where they’d set up tables and chairs. Someone from the store introduced us, we each spoke or read for a few minutes, and then we answered audience questions until it was time to sign books.
One of the strangest things was how the audience kept looking at their cell phones . . . but not because they were ignoring us. After the event, when I looked at my phone, I saw dozens of tweets repeating things I’d said during the Q&A. And photos! (Thing I’ve learned: photos of people speaking are almost always awkward looking. *mouth hangs open weirdly*)
Overall, I had a lot of fun and loved meeting the other authors and all the readers who came to see us. It was a great experience.
* Yaaay Jodi! –ed.
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