The days are growing shorter, the air less sweltering, and everyone’s headed back indoors…so it’s the perfect time to find a new book to read! To help you, Atria Books is launching a tour for three of their biggest indie superstars, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire–they’re calling it the Fall In Love tour, and it’s covering ten cities in two countries over 1700 miles from September 2-8, so chances are good you can find a stop near you. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a gander at the tour poster, with all the stores listed…or go to their Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the-minute info!)
We interrupted tour publicist Ariele Fredman as she got ready to board the bus, to find out just what advice an experienced PR gal could give us about planning a road trip, and what every traveler should always have in her carry-on!
How long does it take to plan a one-week tour?
Well that’s a loaded question in publishing land….forever? #JustKidding. My first email about this tour dates back to January 17th, 2014. And we launch on September 2nd, so that’s about 8 months! And there will be lots of changes between today and the 2nd too, but that’s the name of the game. Sometimes you have to go with the flow; sometimes you have to be the kind of type-A personality that type-A people hate. It’s all part of the job!
What’s the worst travel disaster you’ve had to fix?
Travelling on our bus will *hopefully* be mostly uneventful. In all of my publishing years, my worst travel disaster was having one of my most favorite authors marooned in an airport due to weather, but with her newborn baby and husband travelling too. Re-booking them so they could get out of dodge and find a place to sleep was a mess, and we had to cancel an event and move it to a few days later. We hate to let fans down, so I’m happy we could at least reschedule our event.
If the airline lost all your luggage, how long could you get by using just the stuff in your purse?
Woof. I’d say about 2 days. I generally carry chapstick, an iPhone charger, a book, and a subway pass. Maybe I should start travelling heavier! Although, travel tip from a 20something going on 60something: if you’re going on a plane, you MUST have a pair of PJs and one pair of undies in your carry-on in case of emergency. So I live by that flying rule.
What’s the most fun city you’ve ever been to?
That’s tough! I had a great time going on tour to Madison, Wisconsin several years ago – I got to share cheese curds (it was a first!) and a really great adult beverage with William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O’ Connor Mystery Series. In life, the most fun city I’ve ever been to is Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s an adventure city for sure.
What’s the best/worst thing you’ve eaten on the road?
Worst: I got some really fun food poisoning eating at a Friday’s in Orlando, FL once during Maryse’s Book Bash. I can’t even remember what I ate, now!
Best: I have to go back to those real Wisconsin cheese curds. They’re known for their cheese, I love cheese, and those cheese curds were fried. Could it get any better?