folks… I need to apologize.
got blown off course a bit this week. An issue came up that forced
me to adjust my schedule and work focus, and it pulled me away
from getting some new material posted here. With a busy few days
coming up… including some book events… I eventually reached the
point where the best thing to do was put the new stuff on hold,
get A Parkside View released, and prep for October.
book signing at Savoy Bookshop & Café…
Won’t Pass Me By
Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly,
3pm to 5pm
Writer’s Workshop, discussing publishing,
at Mystic & Noank Library…
Writer’s Workshop Presentation
Mystic & Noank Library
of these events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you
October edition of the monthly newsletter was released today.
This month we have one new essay and two from the archives.
sign up for the newsletter, send me an e-mail (or a message on
our social media pages), and we’ll get everything in place.
Friends for Local Business…
October challenge is going to be Unexpected
Delights. The idea behind it is the shops
and places that offer up some amazingly brilliant and completely
surprising items. It will be running all month.
that’s it. A wrap on September. October is on the way…
entry for today… side issues taking up some time, so new essay
will get posted tomorrow. Here we go...
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***
sunday is the book signing for Life
Won’t Pass Me By at the Savoy Bookshop
& Cafe in Westerly, Rhode Island. Jay is responsible for that
fantastic drawing on the cover. And I can now announce...
will be a limited supply of special prints at this book signing.
If you are one of the first people to purchase a copy of Life
Won’t Pass Me By, you will receive a print of the cover, signed
by Jay and me. Again... LIMITED SUPPLY... so this may not be an
offer everyone is able to get.
coming in the next day or two… for now…
big THANK YOU to the Utica
Public Library, and everyone that took the
time to join us for today’s presentation of A
enjoyed meeting new people. And, it’s actually pretty cool when
the agenda gets tossed to the side for terrific questions.
a chance to stop in the Utica Public Library last year during
some of the events around promoting Thirty
Days in November. Amazing, beautiful,
brilliant building. Great to be back.
focus shifts a bit now… Rhode Island and Connecticut coming up.
Check out the Upcoming
Events for some of the details.
essay will be posted by Monday. A
Parkside View closing in on the October
release. More soon!
a few links for today…
article about dinosaurs, and in particular,
what might have happened if circumstances where just a bit different.
like the looks of Cook Off!, with
Melissa McCarthy involved along with a solid cast.
Stone… Steve Carell… Battle
of the Sexes
Saturday, I’ll be at the Utica Public Library, presenting A
you’re all invited!
you already knew that. You can check out the Upcoming
Events page in the Writing
& Books section of the site for a current
listing of all my scheduled appearances. Unless noted, all of
them are free, open to the public, and I would be absolutely ecstatic
to see you there. But this is about the workshop, so let’s get
back on the path…)
this program, I’ll be presenting material about writing… specifically
about publishing. My research and preparations were based on a
simple question: What are some of the things I wish I knew when
I got started?
things… I did get right as I began working on my writing, going
back to the days when In My Backpack started, and with
the release of my first book in 2012 (Time
Just Drifts Away).
things… I got wrong. A few really wrong. Some slightly less wrong.
Virtually all were wrong mainly because of the way I either ran
in circles or wasted valuable time and efforts.
things… I learned along that way. Got better. Figured out improvements.
Talked to people and learned.
workshop is designed to introduce publishing, from traditional
thoughts to various self-publishing options. We’re going to talk
about organization, preparation and professionalism on the part
of a writer, which means ways to approach your office and work
focus. We’ll scratch the surface on marketing and media, and look
at why there are things as important (and potentially even more
important) than simply having a good story idea and finding the
time to write it.
the run of 2017 appearances… currently slated for September, October
and November… the Utica
Public Library on the 23rd of September is
stop number one. This
event begins at 1:30pm.
share more details soon about other events, which will be bringing
me around upstate New York, into Rhode Island, and to multiple
stops in Connecticut. Three workshops, a book signing, and an
author meet-and-greet are currently finalized and confirmed. A
few more may be added as we move along. Plus, I’ll be heading
out with ComplemenTerry
Designs on the 2017
Holiday Tour, and at a few stops there may
just be some space on a table for some books.
essay today! You know the drill… link at the end.
Lee Curtis is coming back for more fun with
Michael Myers. It appears that the plan here is to more or less
take every film that followed Halloween 2 and move them
into an unofficially-never-happened pile, then have next year’s
release essentially become the third movie of a trilogy. (Yes,
it does seem like we may have heard this before.)
to wrap things up today, the new addition… “Optional
the focus shifts over to ComplemenTerry
quite some time, the arrival of September has meant a few things
around our house when it comes to craft efforts. Usually, the
two biggest are simple enough… the workshop opening up more often
and for longer stretches, and, the confirmation of appearances.
is continuing the trend.
shelves have been restocked with supplies… pieces are being created…
and the pace is picking up.
Holiday Tour, there will be a simple approach
and focus. We’ve selected three events—all great days and places
that we have enjoyed in the past—and currently have no plans to
stretch the schedule beyond this.
October 21st, we will be in Putnam, Connecticut, for the Great
Pumpkin Festival. We are thrilled to be heading back for this
day that literally takes over the entire town. Information we
have indicates that the train will be running as usual, bringing
visitors to and from the festivities.
haven’t received details about our spot, but will be using social
media to send out the information as soon as we have it. The Great
Pumpkin Festival begins at 10am and continues to 3:30pm that day.
will find us headed to Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona,
New York, for the Christmas & Crafts show. This will be our
fourth year participating in the event, which we have been a part
of since its first run in 2014.
bit earlier than previous years, the show dates are November 25th
and 26th. Hours on Saturday are 10am to 6pm. Hours on Sunday are
10am to 4pm.
York Mills, New York, is the destination for December 2nd and
3rd. We are honored to be attending the Holiday Craft Fair at
the New York Mills School. This is an amazing and long-running
show, with us making our second visit.
both days in New York Mills are 10am to 4pm.
quick items about all of the events…
small corner of our display may just involve Bob’s books.
As you can imagine, this is not the focus for us at any of
these events, however, if you are looking to purchase a book
or get one signed he will be there and should have a few copies
you have any special requests, let us know! Often we can add
personalized touches and customize pieces for you as long
as we know about them when creating the piece. (It’s hard
to add a specific ribbon or color to something when we find
out at the show, with almost all of the ribbons and flowers
and tools back at home in the workshop.
greatest part of our travels has always been meeting people. We’ve
made many great friends over the years, and we hope to see all
of you during this year’s run.
up, details about the program. Then, that name.
the past few years, I’ve had the sincere pleasure of meeting and
speaking with some fantastic people at author events. And those
programs and introductions and conversations went into a wide
variety of subjects. One of the most interesting for me, and many
of the people organizing the events, seemed to center on the publishing
try to explain.
are some absolutely awesome support groups for writers and authors
available if you do a bit of looking. At schools, libraries, and
other locations, groups of writers are getting together. They
are presenting, reading, and critiquing material for each other.
They are offering assistance and encouragement. And it is great
isn’t as much offered when it comes to publishing.
people commented about some of the stories I was sharing when
it came to the process of bringing a manuscript through the final
stages. Stories of difficulties… lessons… obstacles… horrors.
While the writing part mattered, it continued into finishing the
manuscript, setting it up and getting a cover in place, and then
program is about the complete journey. It talks about the different
methods of publishing, including traditional options and self-publishing.
There will be information presented about the demands and obligations
and areas of self-publishing. We’re going to take the time to
discuss professionalism in approaching any project, and the necessary
respect for the audience and process. Plus, as time allows, we’ll
dip our toes into the waters of press kits, marketing, and options
worthy of consideration.
be a lot of fun.
promised you a story about the name.
I wanted a very simple idea. Nothing fancy. A workshop that could
offer thoughts and perhaps assistance to a writer. So… made sense…
A Writer’s Workshop.
the focus of this particular presentation really has nothing to
do with writing. Not in general… in no specifics. We won’t be
talking about character development or how to strengthen dialogue.
publishing process is ups and downs, crazy and frustrating, heartbreak
and agony, wonderful and exciting. And it is so much more than
presentations—September 23rd at the Utica
Public Library, October 3rd at the Mystic & Noank Library,
November 4th at the Killingly Public Library—were set and confirmed
as “A Writer’s Workshop” presentations. In the future, I am debating
some options and may expand on a few things. From this point on…
Hocking presents A Writer’s Workshop
You may never get published
(Horror stories and thoughts to help you try anyway)
this time, all of these presentations are free and open to the
public. It is possible I may have some copies of my books along
with me and available, but this is separate from the presentation.
close today out with a new essay… “The
license plate game (and the meaning of life)”
I want to point a spotlight in the direction of Bank
Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café.
am honored to announce that both of these wonderful locations
are now carrying a selection of my books on their shelves. (As
I write this, the titles are… Time
Just Drifts Away… Thirty
Days in November… and Life
Won’t Pass Me By.) I’d like to thank
them for their consideration and support.
second note about Savoy… I will be stopping by on Sunday, October
1, 2017. They are kind enough to be hosting a book signing for
me, focusing on Life Won’t Pass Me By. Here are a couple
of notes about the signing…
GOOD TO KNOW… if you have already purchased one of my books
and would like to have it signed, the Savoy has graciously
said that you are absolutely welcome to bring it in on that
day (and heck, maybe you could even add to your Bob Hocking
collection while you’re there)
weekend coming up. Going to have a new essay for you tomorrow.
And I’m also going to run down some details about the A Writer’s
of this and that today. Just trying to get some things positioned
and moving, while still recovering from an amazing month of August.
Two book releases, and the Sixth Annual National Buy Bob’s Book
Day. Which means… because, of course… we begin with…
Friends for Local Business
month, our effort is offering up a challenge of Books.
September 1st and September 30th, the idea is to look around and
find some of those fantastic shops nearby.
can recall stepping inside so many wonderful bookstores. Each
and every one was an absolute treasure in some mystical and thrilling
mystical and thrilling?
might be a selection of used books… the offerings of local writers
and authors… a specific theme (such as nearby attractions or historical
significance)… or any of a number of other reasons. There are
collections of covered bridges and fall foliage that can lead
you around New England. Narratives can take you along railroad
tracks and highways. And opening some covers can bring you to
other planets and fantasy worlds.
can do so much, from travel to cooking, history to fiction… that
the very words and creativity that make them so brilliant also
mean that it is impossible to completely capture and explain what
books can do.
September of 2017, Local Friends is looking toward Books, and
asking you to check out your neighborhood booksellers.
I want to thank everyone for the incredible month of August. On
the 8th, Life
Won’t Pass Me By was released. On the
was released. Then, on the 26th, we celebrated the annual fun
and silly and shameless self-promotion that is National Buy Bob’s
received a lot of e-mails, texts and other messages throughout
the month. You folks are wonderful. Just great. Checking out the
web site, visiting the social media pages, purchasing books, and
so much more. I appreciate it. Thank you.
got A TON of stuff coming up. This weekend I’m going to rundown
some of the upcoming events for me and also for ComplemenTerry
Designs. We’ve got book signings and writing presentations to
talk about. We’re going to hit the road to attend festivals and
fairs and holiday events. We’ve got news to share, announcements
to make, and…
we’ve got a lot of content and material to get posted around here.
for stopping by.