According to the people from Unbridled, which is publishing Shimmer, it went very well. They we were also meeting with bookstore owners, buyers, and so on, trying to sell them on Shimmer and Unbridled’s other books. It’s all very foreign to me, but good. Having someone walk up to me and say, “I loved your book − will you come to my bookstore and sign copies?” is, to say the least, strange. And great.
Also, people brought me wine without my asking. Can’t go wrong with that.
– The cover changed. You can see it here: www.ericbarnes.net/shimmer/.
– I have a Web site. It is, as you can imagine at this point, all about me. (Note that it’s a small site.). www.ericbarnes.net.
– As of this moment, it’s fairly certain that I’ll do book signings in Memphis, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and Washington, D.C. this summer. There will be other places − Nashville, St. Louis and New Orleans are likely, as well as other places around the cities mentioned above. The dates and places will become more settled through the spring. As I told a friend today, I’d appreciate it if you’d set aside every weekend between June and August and I’ll get back to you with some specifics later. Thanks.
– I’ve become vaguely obsessed with Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Barnes/615652902. This is not just a matter of my using Facebook to shamelessly and obnoxiously promote Shimmer whenever possible, but is also a result of getting in touch with a whole bunch of people I haven’t been in touch with in forever. Which is great.
– I’m on MySpace, http://www.myspace.com/_ericbarnes, but feel like I’m doing something illicit every time I go there. So I don’t go there very often.
– I’m on Twitter, http://twitter.com/ericbarnes2, but I’ll admit that I can’t quite figure out what I’m supposed to be doing. Help me if you have any guidance.
As always, here’s a brief synopsis of the book.
In just three years, CEO Robbie Case has led Core Communications from 30 people to over 5,000. Now a $20 billion company made legendary by its sudden success, Core is based on a technology no other company can come close to copying. And Robbie, its 35-year-old CEO, is acclaimed worldwide for his vision, leadership and wealth. Except that all of it is built on a lie. Robbie’s lie. The technology does not work, the finances are built on a Ponzi scheme of stock sales and shell corporations, and Robbie is struggling, every day, to keep the company alive. Struggling to protect the friends who work for him and all that they’ve built. Struggling to fight the secret relief he might find if, finally, he simply lets the company fail. Relief from the fight to undo his lie. Relief from the responsibility for all the people around him. And relief from the women, at night, who come to him alone. Dark music and gin, faceless women who don’t know him, just bodies and time in the darkness. Shimmer is the story of a high-tech crusade nearing its end. The shell game Robbie has created is finally running out of room. Finally his lie is nearing its end, marking everyone it has touched, leaving each of them breathless and exhausted as they move through another day at Core.