In case anyone was wondering, I did not win either Lotto or Powerball with those tickets I bought on Saturday. Sorry, Galen, but I only matched one number on each ticket. I was pretty sure my good feelings weren't related to unexpected windfalls. My record with lottery tickets has not been good since the early 90s when my department (at a company in Florida) won $20,000 which gave us about $700 apiece. That was nice, but I've never won more than $3.00 per ticket since then.
However, there were other snippets (and chunks) of good news to validate my feeling that good things would be happening.
First of all, I received the signed contract from Harlequin Worldwide Mystery for my second mystery to be published by their Mystery Book Club in mass market paperback.
Secondly, I was accepted as a vendor author for the well-attended Holiday Market held at our Senior Center the two days after Thanksgiving.
In addition, my volunteer assignments were confirmed for the Colorado Gold conference in Denver, and I get to do all the stuff I wanted to do (which, by the way, includes introducing and watching over the agent panel and the editor panel).
Now, with any luck, the 500 bookmarks and 500 postcards I ordered from printingforless.com will arrive in time for the conference (yes, I did procrastinate a bit too long) I must say, the online .pdf proofs of both look stunning. When I get the real thing, I'll scan the rascals and post a copy on this blog so you can see what I did and how well my vendor handled my order. Two of the things I really like about printingforless.com are: (1) They are service-oriented and they call me on the phone from Montana, and (2) I can design my projects in Microsoft Publisher and upload it in that format.
I also designed a large mug at zazzle.com and ordered six for starters. Honestly, these folks couldn't make the process much easier.
That knocks my To Do List down to something a little more manageable, at least until the postcards arrive and I prepare my mailings. Here's an excellent article on marketing by Linda Faulkner at examiner.com (that just happens to feature my book cover) -- Shameless self-promotion: 9 ways to do it with postcards.
So what's on the lineup for today? Adding some more pages to my current project, ordering a box of books to use as inventory, catching up on a few more chores, and, best of all, getting my monthly massage. I hope you have a great day, too.