Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Snippets...

A Little Bit of This-and-That and a Lot of Catch-Up

Fall has been crazy busy for me with book signings and literary festivals. This past Sunday I was pleased to be involved with a private fund-raiser for the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO). I signed and sold my book, with a portion of the proceeds going to SYSO.
A musical evening with a Halloween theme
Fun!

 

New Audiobook Narrator

As I mentioned in an earlier post, there were technical difficulties with the narration of the audiobook. Unfortunately, they couldn't be worked out, so I had to choose a different narrator.
I'm happy to have found a wonderful new voice for The Bunco Club. Her name is Kymberly Dakin and she has produced many audiobooks. Production will start again on December 6, when Kym is finished with a previous commitment. As soon as I have a sample chapter, I'll post it for all to hear!

 

Bookmarks

My new bookmarks are in and I LOVE them! Thanks to Iconix for doing such a great job.

 

Up Next...

Just around the corner is the much awaited Galena/Jo Daviess Quilt and Fiber Show at Turner Hall in beautiful Galena, Illinois, November 8-10.  I'll post more details in a few days.



Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Wonderful Thing Happened to Me as I Drove Home on I-80

After leaving the book signing at Barnes and Noble in Rockford, I met up with my cousin, and we had a long chatty lunch. I hopped in the van, slipped a Harlen Coben audiobook in the CD player, and headed for home.
After an hour and a half of driving, it was time for a potty stop. While traveling by car, my rule of thumb and preference is to stop at a mid to high end hotel (best and cleanest restrooms). I spotted a Hilton Garden Inn, took the exit, and hot-footed it to the room with the W. 
My Cousin came to B&N to cheer me on.
As I entered the restroom, six-feet away was a conference room with a beautiful Bernina sewing machine sitting just inside the door. This was cause for further investigation! Popping my head inside the door I was greeted by A ROOMFUL OF QUILTERS!
I had stumbled upon a mini-quilt retreat sponsored by Paula Kmetty, the owner of Top Shelf Quilts in Frankfort, Illinois. They noticed my polo shirt with "The Bunco Club by Karen DeWitt" and wanted to know all about the book. One woman said, "Do you happen to have any in your car?"
During the next hour, I made two separate trips to my car for books! I had a fun and memorable time meeting and talking quilts with these wonderful women.

This is Paula Kmetty, the owner of Top Shelf Quilts in Frankfort, Illinois. She was very gracious when I "crashed" her mini-retreat. Top Shelf Quilts is an amazing shop--make it a point to check it out soon

Overview of half the room of quilters.
The other half of the room.
My son would love this quilt! I want the kit, but apparently it's sold out =(
Such fun, happy quilters!
Signing my book for this group of fun, friendly, and welcoming quilters.
This was one of those amazing moments for me, where I was at the right place at the right time!
Thanks again for your hospitality, ladies...hope to run into each of you again someday =)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Barnes and Noble News

I'll be signing my book at the Barnes and Noble in Rockford, IL, this Saturday, October 19, from 10-11 am. If you're in the area, stop by and say Hi.

They're ready to roll out the book cart at B&N in Rockford for a fun day of book talk and meeting authors.
Second shelf from the bottom...smack in the middle is The Bunco Club
I love all of their promotional images and just couldn't decide which one to go with--so I posted several!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WOW! I AM SO HONORED

I Just found out that I was named a finalist for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction! There are three of us in the category...fingers are crossed.

Congratulations to CWA's 2013 Book Award Finalists!

Twelve books by Chicagoland authors have been named as finalists in the Chicago Writers Association’s 2013 Book of the Year Awards.

The finalists, chosen by CWA’s Book Awards Committee, will compete for four awards to be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 Lincoln Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.

The winners, to be announced on or before Dec. 1, will be selected by three of last year’s winning authors, Patricia Ann McNair (“The Temple of Air”), Renee James (“Coming Out Can Be Murder”) and Richard C. Lindberg (“Whiskey Breakfast”), and special guest judge David Katzman (“A Great Monster”).

 “I would like to thank Awards Committee Chair Tori Collins and her dedicated committee members – Amina Gautier, Toni Apicelli, Connie Wilson and Candace George Thompson– for putting in countless hours reading through the many entries we had this year in order to narrow the field to twelve,” CWA President Randy Richardson said. “The bar gets raised each year.  The number and quality of entries has grown with each year of the contest, making the selection process that much more difficult.”

The awards, divided into four categories (traditionally and non-traditionally published fiction and non-fiction), were open to books published between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 authored by CWA members and non-members residing in the Chicagoland area. (Non-traditional is defined as self- and print-on-demand published.)  The awards are meant to spotlight books by Chicago area authors.

The finalists are:

Traditional Fiction
  • The Registry by Shannon Stoker
  • The Fire Beneath – Tales of Gold by Almira Astudillo Gilles
  • Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
Non-traditional Fiction
  • The World Undone by Mary Driver- Thiel
  • 30 Days to Empathy by The 31 and Jay C. Rehak
  • The Bunco Club by Karen DeWitt
Traditional Non-Fiction
  • Chicago Sketches by Richard Reeder/Illustrator Leonid Osseny
  • We Hope You Like This Song by Bree Houseley
  • Records Truly Is My Middle Name by John Records Landecker/Producer Rick Kaempfer
Non-traditional Non-Fiction
  • Any Road Will Take You There: A Journey of Fathers and Sons by David W. Berner
  • Still Having Fun by Candace George Thompson
  • Heck on Heels: Still Balancing on Shoes, Love & Chocolate by Mary T. Wagner
 The winners will all be invited to read from their books at the free awards ceremony.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Catch-Up

So many cool things are happening!

Thank you to the Hunt Club Estates Book Club in Frankfort for inviting me to talk to your group.  I spent a wonderful morning with these fun and interesting women yesterday.

Hunt Club Estates Book Club

This Saturday, October 12, I'll be at the Joliet Library (Black Road Branch) Author Fair.
If you're in or around Joliet this Saturday, stop by and say, "Hi."

Saturday, October 19, I'll be at the Barnes and Noble in Rockford from 10-11am signing my book.

YIPPEE! I've been applying for vendor booths at quilt shows for 2014. I know for sure I'll be vending at The Cable Car Quilters Guild, Colors in Motion Quilt Show in Dubuque Iowa, May 9-10. Waiting to hear and fingers crossed for Pride of the Prairie Quilt Show in Crest Hill, Illinois, March 8-9, and the Decatur Quilt Fest, Decatur, Illinois, March 28-29. Penciled-in and yet to hear from several others as well.

DOUBLE YIPPEE!!
On the home front: Old (very old) and ugly (very ugly) shed comes down--new one will be going up momentarily!


And on a bit of a sad note: There have been some serious technical difficulties with the production of the audiobook for The Bunco Club, and the producer was unable to finish the recording =(
But I am happy and excited to say that a new, professional narrator will be reading The Bunco Club! Production is due to start December 5 ... it's been a long haul, but I think we're finally on the right track! ...stay tuned =)

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Little Behind on My Blogging Duties!

Wow, I just realized that I haven't blogged in a week! Sorry about that. I've been working on some very time consuming projects. The good news is that I'm finally finished with what I was doing and can now post some updates.

I'll be heading off to Oswego, IL in the morning, Saturday, October 5, 2013, for the Oswego Literary Festival, where I'll be selling and signing my book, The Bunco Club. Info below on the poster.  

I'm really looking forward to this one.

A few photos from the Book Fest in Glen Ellyn last weekend.
My half of the table

We were all kind of cramped as we each shared a 6 foot table with another author. I had a great time getting to know my table mate, Annie Hansen, author of Give Me Chocolate.
Annie Hansen and me...table mates for the day

 Overview of about half the room.

Elizabeth Diskin with her popular book, The Green Line.
E.C. Diskin, author of The Green Line
I had a fun time and did some great networking. It's so cool to be around other authors and share thoughts and ideas...a wonderful learning experience.