From Publishers Weekly: "Authors Craig Davidson and Jonathan Ames slugged it out recently at New York's Gleason's Gym in a three-ring bout to help promote Davidson's debut novel The Fighter (Soho Press). The Brooklyn indie BookCourt was on hand to sell copies of the book plus titles by Ames."
I won't be doing that. Though with a little practice, I'd hold my own in archery (I used to be pretty good eons ago) as well as some swordplay (ditto on fencing in college. I even beat the guys, though they used brute strength over finesse. But if you're short, clever, and on the rag, there is no man who can beat you!)
I will, however, be at Bouchercon this September and I got myself on a panel...even though I don't have the book yet! What am I, crazy? A little, but mostly concerned with making sure that first book sells very well so they'll give me a second, third and ad infinitum chance to keep publishing. Hoping I do well on a panel that will be designed like a game of Jeopardy: "History In Jeopardy: A Forensic Game Show" with an A-list of historical mystery authors: Kathy Lynn Emerson, Rhys Bowen, Patricia Wynn, Suzanne Arruda...and me. What have I gotten myself into?
Since I won't have a book yet (not even a whiff of an ISBN to date) I will offer up bookplates designed by yours truly (used to be a graphic designer in the day, before the ubiquity of computers). So since it doesn't have the actual cover design, these will be collector's items, right?