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National Nomad Tour - Tour Itinerary (May '01 - Mar '02)
It popped into my head one day when I was feeling frustrated and itís been growing ever since. What if I bought a car or a van and just took off around the country promoting my book by talking to groups, both in the big cities where lots of book promotion happens, as well as in the smaller communities that are rarely visited by authors. What if I piled books into the trunk of my car and when I got somewhere, I sold them.

It sounded simple until I began to look at it seriously. Talk where? Sell where? Stay where? Why would anybody come to hear me talk or buy a book from me if theyíve never heard of Rita Golden Gelman?

The only community of people who have heard of me are first and second grade teachers. And for the most part, it isnít I theyíve heard of, itís MORE SPAGHETTI, I SAY!, or some of the other childrenís books Iíve written. Iím sure it would be easy to find classrooms to talk in, but that wonít do TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD much good. Maybe a deal, the classroom during the day and the parent organization at night. The more experienced people I spoke to were not very enthusiastic about the PTA. Clearly if I was going to organize a national tour, there had to be some serious advance promotion before I arrived -- on radio, local TV, newspapers. And I would have to contact the appropriate organizations well in advance of coming so they could notify their members. The whole thing was way beyond my organizational skills.

But I liked the idea. I even added to it. If I set out to visit every one of the 50 states, I would have an angle to pitch to the press. Iíd be an interesting story beyond the book.

And thatís about where I am at the moment. Itís April 21st. I am about to hire a publicist to get me radio interviews around the country. And Iím talking to a friend who might be willing to manage the rest. It means serious money, at least as much as they paid me to write the book. But I know Iíll be furious at myself if I just move on with my life and donít even give this a shot. It represents more than two years of writing. I hate to think that its will go the way of most books and be out of sight and print a matter of months after it is published.

When I get playful about the idea, I see myself in a Nomadmobile, checking off the states as I hang out in general stores (if there are any left), go to pancake breakfasts, and country fairs. Iím going to try. Iíll keep you informed, frustrations and all.

I hope Iíll get e-mails from readers offering to help, especially mentioning the names of the most-read local papers and the most-listened-to radio stations. And perhaps even organizations that might be interested in a speaker. The organization can even use the event as an opportunity to raise money. They can order books from the publisher and get 40% off the cover price of $23.00. For every book they sell at full price, they will make $9.20

Previous Journal Entries

Sept 11 - 25th- Seattle, WA
July 10, 2007 - Seattle, WA

March 13 - Seattle, WA

December 1 - Patzcuaro, Mexico
October 21- Seattle, Tanzania, Kenya, Nairobi
March 13 - Seattle

July 30 - Thailand to Mexico
April 9 - Ban Krud Thailand

Sep 9 - Massachusetts
May 27 - Guatemala
Mar 27 - Last days in India
Mar 1 - South India
Feb 29 - Delhi, India
Jan 20 - Delhi, India

Oct 19 - Delhi, India
Sep 30 - Maine
Sep 24 - Portland, Maine
Rita's Summer "Vacation"
Jun 9 - Seattle, Washington
Mar 28 - From France to India
Feb 10 - Last days in Suriname
Jan 4 - More from Suriname

Dec 27 - On to Suriname
Nov 22 - Trinidad
Oct 20 - Rita plans return to nomadic life
Special Oct 20 - Laurie Billington's letter from Bali

Jul 29 - Seattle
Apr 28 - New Zealand

Jul 16- Upstate New York
Jul 1 - Shushan, NY
Jun 20 - Connecticut
May 6 - Off to Connecticut
Apr 20 - New York City



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