Fresh off the press!

Nov. 14, 2018
Nov. 14, 2018

First edit copy!

Nov. 14, 2018

Hello friends!

I hope you are well and warm, wherever you call home! I myself am doing just fine here in sunny Arizona. These past few weeks have just been the best weather in Tucson I can remember, and after this last summer's blistering heat, a cool change was just what we needed.

 As I've promised, I continue to keep you posted with any news concerning my book. I'm happy to announce the first copy was delivered this afternoon to yours truly! I was so excited when I got the call, and almost crashed on my way to the print shop! It's kinda surreal holding a book with my name, story and pictures plastered all over the pages, even though it is just the proof copy. Now Mary Ann and I will go over any changes in the next few days, before we resubmit it again. 

 Hopefully after a few days it will be ready for full production. The target date for the book signing event is still the 15th of December, and I hope the books will be ready in time. If not, then I will have to reschedule for another date. Its getting close to Christmas, and that means it might have to wait until the 28th. We'll just see if they can kick it up a notch and make it to the 15th deadline. 

I spoke to Kay, the events coordinator at Bookman's, and she's working hard make it happen on her end. She told me December is a busy month for other local authors to release their books, and she wants to combine all the authors involved in one big event, highlighting local writers,  with me as the headliner! I wasn't expecting that, but I'm all in with that idea. It's still in the planning stages,  so I'll keep you updated on that event.

 I also wanted to share the good news about my other books, including my first fiction story La Quecha, which I wrote five years ago this month. It is a border story, and part one of a trilogy I plan to complete after gigsacrossamerica part two is released next March! I plan on releasing that book online on January, and in limited print copies. I'll share more about that story as the time gets closer.

 Well friends, until next week, stay safe and thanks for checking in. Your interest is well recognized and appreciated!


Nov. 6, 2018

Good evening friends!

Greetings from my humble abode here in the west side of Tucson. My faithful puppy Kalani is sitting right next to me, as she usually does when I write you. It has been a rough few weeks of some tough jobs I've had to complete in order to get the money to finance the publishing part of this journey. I'm totally exhausted, but it has been worth the effort!

 Yesterday I met with Janette at Alphagraphics, and cut her a check  for the first part of the printing process. The first proof copy will be ready in 10 days or so, for me to correct any errors or make any changes. Then once I'm done with the editing,  I'll hand it back over to them for the product of the order, hopefully in time for the release date of the 15th of December. Janette said it will be a tight deadline, and maybe the signing event might have to be set back a week. I'll know in a couple weeks. I walked back to my car, pinching myself, realizing it was really underway!

In the meantime, I spent last week contacting some of the 25 plus people I worked for on the first part of the journey,  letting them know the news about the books release. Unfortunately, I couldn't make contact with many of them,  and I don't have any idea how to reach them at this point. Hopefully some of them follow me on this site still, and read this post! 

 I also have been putting together the itinerary for the book signing event. Kay, the lady from Bookman's, who will be hosting us, said a reading of excerpts from the book is usually done, and I have a couple of special people in mind. My sister Angela will be emceeing the event, although she doesn't know it yet! I read a little about book signing events online, and most of the articles were really negative. In most cases it said book signing gigs were a big waste of time and money, unless your name is Grishom, Crichton.or Hemmingway! I certainly am not even close to tying those guys shoes, but I think I could draw more than the average 10 or 12 people they say usually show up for first time, no name wannabes like me.  With your help and support,  we can be the exception I believe. This unique adventure has bucked a lot of trends, why not this event!

I look forward to continue giving you updates as they develop friends, and I hope you are as excited as I am! I can't even sleep at night anymore! Good night for now, and once again, and from the bottom of my heart....thank you for your support and loyalty.

Humbly, juanjohn 


Oct. 29, 2018