Second, I had my first book signing ever! Talk about exciting and scary at the same time. The day started off insane as always (hence the life of a mom of four!) and I barely made it to Barnes and Noble by 1:00 PM which is when I was supposed to start.
So I go flying inside, dragging my poor 8 year old daughter with me. She was to be my helper...Oyyyy...more about that later :-)
The store is packed!!! A school was having their book fair that day, so it was perfect timing. And they put me right in the children's section, which was fantastic.
Only, I see a microphone up on a stage with a bunch of chairs in front of it. Right beside my table and stack of books!
I said, um, do I have to speak??? I have nothing prepared. Now everyone who knows me knows I have no trouble speaking. But....I really do get nervous about "public" speaking, especially when I'm not prepared.
Turns out the microphone was for the session after me...Phew! But I did answer questions one on one and talk to a lot of kids and adults.
My publicist sent a bunch of signs of different sizes that Barnes and Noble displayed throughout the store. They gave me one to take home (yay).
Yeah yeah, I know. It says 2011.....ha ha.....that was me. I added the date when I got home so I wouldn't forget. No worries, I fixed it :-)
The woman in charge of my signing introduced me to the librarian in charge of the book fair. The woman is the guru of librarians in our area, so it was awesome. She is putting me in the library system so all the other libraries will order my books. And she wants me to speak in her school. She also introduced me to other librarians and teachers who took my bookmarks for their classrooms and also want me to speak in their schools.
All in all....it was a very productive day!
I saw several people I know come out and support me. You all know who you are, and you guys rock. It helped make me a lot less nervous with you guys around.
And of course my very special longtime CP Barbie Jo Mahoney was there! I can't wait to do a signing with her next November when her first book and my third come at the same time.
Oh boy, look out people....Thelma and Louise will be hitting the road on a signing tour and having the time of our lives.
As well as Carol Lombardo and Laurie Bumpus, but I didn't get pictures of them, darnit :-)
My darling diva is the child on the right who is supposed to be helping out! Okay, okay, so she DID help out a lot, but she also played with the microphone, ate half the treats, kept getting bored and bailing on me to scout out more books, giggled and laughed and talked even more than I do....what can I say...she's just like me!
Turns out I have fans!!!
Turns out I have fans!!!
These kids were sooo stinking cute. I had really young, and tweens and even a few teens. As well as plenty of grownups.
And the best part was that I brought along postcards of my adult cozy mystery and stuck those in my book so the "moms" could see what else I write and when it comes out :-)
I've already gotten a couple pre-orders on that one, so something must be working!
Or maybe it was just the cookies and candy canes I brought along. Hey, whatever works! All I can say is I had a fabulous time and a big thanks to all who helped make it happen.
So my question for all of you out there is what do you do to help make your book signings a success?