Two years ago I started writing the story of my time in Paris.
Six months ago I finished the first draft.
One month ago, I finished my fourth edit and added a much better ending. And I added a title, Paris On Air.
One week ago, I revealed to you guys that I’d been working on my Paris memoir and launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the initial print run.
I was a little worried, as my goal of €8,500 was ambitious and I wasn’t sure how interested podcast listeners would be in a book about the host.
But just three days into the campaign, we soared past the target and funded the whole print run!
I am still pretty gobsmacked. Look, you can see how smacked my gob is below.
Passing that Kickstarter goal meant that I could officially give the green light to the printing house. They’ll make boxes and boxes and boxes of the book. They’ll even help me ship it from the US to Australia, France to Fiji (and beyond, I hear). I’ll even have leftovers.
But wait, the story continues.
Even after the pledge target was reached, people kept buying books. I added what Kickstarter calls a “stretch goal” of €15,000 and promised a tour of the US.
And we reached that goal too! So now I will fly to the west coast of the US in May 2020, then rent a car and drive to the east coast, holding events across the country. My wife will join me and we will bring Paris to you. And I’ll sign books, do readings, and answer all your questions. More info on the tour here.
The initial reaction to this book tour has been phenomenal. I’ve got offers for venues and more from San Diego to Seattle – and then dotted all over the country.
But more on the book tour further down. First, I want to point you in the direction of the behind-the-scenes chats about the book that you may have missed.
I have released three “emergency” podcast episodes outside of the regular Monday shows.
The first was a recount on the disasters behind the launch party. You can hear it here. Robberies, hummus tragedies, and internet catastrophes.
The second was a chat about how I plan to make the audio book, or as I’m calling it: The Audio Experience. I have my favourite Paris musician in the studio with a guitar helping me plot the whole book.
Hear it here.
The third was with Lina about the book tour.
So, what about this book tour?
Well, I chose US as the first destination for two reasons. One: It’s where most of the listeners are, not to mention most of the Patreon supporters. Two: I did a road trip there a few years ago and absolutely loved it.
The tricky thing is knowing where to go. I know most listeners are on the west coast (though I never understood why). So that’s the logical starting point. (Below is the map of Patreon supporters in the US).
I plan to fly to Seattle, then drive to San Diego, then to Chicago, then to the big east coast cities, then down to Florida. I think.
That’s a lot of driving, but hey, we drove a scooter 3,000 miles around France for our honeymoon so I’m sure we’ll be fine.
The route around America isn’t certain. I can change it if you can convince me. But that map above is a fairly good outline.
In case you’re interested, here are the top ten US cities by podcast listenership:
But here’s how you can really help. If you’re along that route and want to come and see my show, let me know! Let me gauge the interest. Write a comment below.
Better still, if you have access to a venue where I could hold an event, get in touch. I don’t think book shops are the best ideas because I assume they wouldn’t want me selling my own copies of my books.
Ideal would be cafes, bars, wineries, or anywhere with a French touch 🙂
Depending on the city, I am confident we could fill a room.
You guys know what to do! Let’s make this happen.
Thanks again for helping me realize this dream! Merci and happy holidays!
Here is the link to buy the book. If you’ve found some joy in The Earful Tower over the years, supporting the campaign is how you can make my dreams come true 🙂