You’ll always remember your first … book launch!

SACO – First the apology, then the promise. I haven’t written anywhere near as many blog entries as I wanted to or should have. For that I’m sorry. It’s hard to establish a readership if you don’t write consistently. I know that. Given that it’s almost time for the election, things will change. I’ve made this column part of my weekly work schedule. Things should be better from now on.


The second important change for me and this blog is that rather than try to write about a wide variety of topics, I am going to narrow my focus. From this point on my stories are going to be centered around two things, my teaching and my writing. After owning and running a small data processing and software company for nearly 20 years, I now proudly label myself as a teacher and writer (I even have the business cards to prove it).

This is what I intend to do for the next decade or so (yes, I am 55-years-old), and besides my wife and family, these are the two things that bring me the most joy and give me a sense of self-worth and fulfillment. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention my bicycle, but that’s another story for another day.

Anyway, earlier this month I was fortunate enough to launch my debut novel at the school where I teach, Thornton Academy. My official book launch was the held on the first Thursday in October and nearly 85 people filled the library and listened as i talked about my journey as a writer, the inspiration for the novel, and as I read a small section from my book. For me, the evening was magical.


I saw family, colleagues, current and former students, and people who just learned about my writing. By the end of the evening, I had even sold a few books.

Moving forward, I’d like to focus this blog entirely on the process of writing and publishing. I am actively seeking other opportunities  to speak about my novel, and at this point, I have eight dates lined up. As most other writers have told me, now is the time to focus on that second book, and I do have a rough outline and about 50 pages written, but more about that in the future.

For now, for those of you who are still reading, thank you. Believe it or not, this wouldn’t have happened without knowing someone was interested in the ideas thoughts and stories I have rattling around upstairs. Stay tuned.


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David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at