Rose A. Valenta is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Her irreverent columns have been published in Senior Wire, Associated Content, Courier Post Online, NPR, Newsday, USA TODAY, the WSJ Online, and many other local news and radio websites.
She is the author of Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog. This is the blog for people who would be knowledgeable about current events and politics if only politicians and news anchors didn’t stretch the truth. “What else is there to do, but share an honest laugh?” Rose said.
Rose regularly attends the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton, is a member of the Robert Benchley Society and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC).
Rose lived in Philadelphia for over 40 years, where she honed her humor writing skills by being married to a Philadelphia Policeman and giving birth to three children. “Times have changed. Now that we have 10 grandchildren, I’m not sure how I feel about children being exposed to the evening news. Humorous things happen, like the time my grandson asked us to come outside to see his version of ‘Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman’ right after Snowmageddon.”
Rose worked for a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill, Datapro Information Services, for 12 years as a technical staff writer, and also wrote freelance articles for other computer industry publications.
She claims that her Italian heritage stunted her growth. She is English on her Father’s side and believes that in a past life, during medieval times, she was probably a trusted member of the Counsel of the Jesters.
Thank you for this interview, Rose. Can we start out by having you tell us briefly what your new book is about?
Sitting on Cold Porcelain is a compilation of humorous essays. It is satire about life, politics, sports, family, and public figures. The fun topics are those that make you roll your eyes and groan. It makes you laugh out loud.
More and more authors are realizing the potential for sales that derives from virtual book tours. Can you tell us your personal reasons why you chose a virtual book tour to help get the word out about your new book?
I heard good reports about virtual tours and since the publishing industry is going electronic, it makes sense to use this as a way of marketing my book.
Is this the first time you have heard of them? If not, where did you hear of them?
I had two writer friends, who recommended Pump Up Your Book: Pat Snyder and Tim Bete.
As you know, a virtual book tour involves – among other things – interviews and guest posts. Do you prefer one over the other?
No, I actually enjoy both.
Some authors prefer an all review tour. Can you tell us if you are one of them and why or why not?
While it’s satisfying to have someone review your book and say nice things about it, I believe that most people want to know more about the author. You give your readers more insight about the person behind the book by doing interviews.
What do you hope to achieve through promoting your book through a virtual book tour?
I hope to draw more people to my blog – Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog for entertainment and sell more books.
Do you promote online through other means? Website? Blog?
In addition to my blog, I use the social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, newsgroups, and Squidoo; Plus, I contribute guest posts whenever I can.
Who maintains your website/blog?
I use Blogspot.com and maintain it myself. It is an easy tool by Google.
What are your experiences with offline booksignings? Do you have much luck selling your book through that method?
I think the bookstore signings are a thing of the past. People can find you easier online and virtual book tours pick up the slack.
Here’s a fun question. If money were no object, how would you promote your book?
I’d get a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl and hire a scantily clad Gilles Marini to read one of my essays to Rachel Griffiths while munching on a Snickers bar.
Thank you for this interview, Rose. Do you have any final words?
Yes, Sitting on Cold Porcelain is available at Amazon.com, The Kindle Store, Barnes and Noble online, Better World Books, and the order desk at your local bookstore.