|So, what is it like for an author on tour?
Many authors complain about the long hours on the road, the turnout of the events, the quality of the hotel, the restaurants.. well they complain about a lot of stuff.
Other authors are just happy to have a small “vacation.” I once had an author describe her trip to Philadelphia as a “mommy vacation” where she splurged on a facial and relaxed in a bed sans children.
But by far, the most interesting group of authors have to be birding authors. The biggest “perk” for them is the chance to bird in a new place and spot a species that doesn’t live close to home. They think nothing of waking in the early morning (really it’s still night by many peoples’ standards), hefting their photography and scoping equipment on their shoulders, and traipsing off into the woods for a few hours before the are needed to lecture or sign books.
I seem to recall Richard Crossley asking me specifically to block out a few hours for this purpose in his jam-packed tour last spring, and now we have a behind-the-scenes story of Derek Lovitch’s recent Massachusetts to NJ to Maine trip to talk about How to Be a Better Birder. Go read Derek’s great blog at Maine Outdoor Journal for a look at the real “glamor” of the author tour.
The best part of Derek’s account is that he is practicing what he preaches — in this case about using radar to predict bird fallout, so check it out and try to catch him at the next big event.