David Poulsen

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Bob Dylan said something about, “The times they are a-changing”. He probably wasn’t referring to the whole notion of promotion of children’s and YA books but the line is certainly appropriate. Gone are the days of the media/book store tour arranged (and paid for) by your publisher. In fact, publishers are very clear on the subject--authors are not merely encouraged, they are expected to play a vital role in the promotion of their books. Not a bad thing really. But the new world order as it applies to book promotion has created a pretty steep learning curve for old school writers like, say…me.

I blame it on Perry Mason.

Although technically I suppose the real culprits were Earl Stanley Gardner, the creator of the Perry Mason mysteries and my dad who introduced them to me when I was ten or eleven years old. We had a deal--I read his Perry Mason novels and Dad read my Hardy Boys books. Then we'd talk about them.

And my obsession with the mystery novel was born.