Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thus Spake Zelph


I am doing my first promotional speaking engagement on behalf of my novel Heroes of the Fallen at the National Book of Mormon Prophecies Conference in Midway, Utah on Friday at 4:00 at the luxurious Zermatt Resort and for once I am not joking.

Besides a number of B of M researchers (the bulk of the conference) there will be quite a number of artists among them some sculptors- Jason Millward and Dee Jay Bowden and some painters such as David Linsdley and Jon McNaughton. I actually have a Jon McNaughton painting "Awaiting the Command" hanging in my living room so I will be interested in talking to him. He is displaying for the first time publicly his "One Nation Under God" http://www.mcnaughtonart.com I saw it about halfway done earlier this year when I bought "AtC". Filmmaker Kieth Merrill, director of Legacy and The Testaments will also be speaking, and a host of others that I am not yet familiar with will also be presenting. I feel blessed to be able to talk about my work among them.















I got on the ticket by pushing my case of appealing to a wider audience through my fiction-of which considering the many artists, they had no fiction novelists on the program, so it was a go. Now I just need to present myself suitably and get people there interested in my book and ideas. Chief of which is, that so far as I know-no one has ever utilized Zelph (or Onandagus) for fiction. If someone had done it already and it was good-real good I may never have written this novel (series). So I have some historical precedents for my historical fiction, that and I have written a rip-roaring good novel that will fire the imagination and bring a tear to your eye, so that I can stand back and go, "Ha Ha, I touched your Heart".

And after telling you all of that and wishing someone could come and wish me well or heckle good naturedly . . . you can't come. The place is full up and no more people can get in-which is a bummer. Sounds like around 400 and that's all the Zermatt's ball room can handle. I asked and yes next year the venue will be much larger. I will have a handful of ARC's to distribute for back cover quotes and some cool postcards of the book cover and an excerpt on the back to pass out at the conference to let everyone know that the book is being released in November.

7 comments:

M. Gray said...

What a perfect opportunity! Good luck, David!

Angie said...

That sounds like it will be really interesting. Good luck!

Karen Gowen said...

I'm glad you called Bruce for some speaking tips. He is an accomplished public speaker, and I always go to him when I need tips on presenting. You will do fantastic. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

David J. West said...

Thanks all, this is going to be pretty cool.

Daron D. Fraley said...

Good luck with the speech!

Melanie Goldmund said...

Good luck from me as well, and I hope everything goes wonderfully!

David J. West said...

Thank you guys. I will definetly post on how it goes soon.

It's exciting to meet other artists and researchers. Thats a big part of what I liked so much at the writers conference last week.