I've got an event coming up this weekend that I'm very excited about. I am doing a booksigning for my latest release The Rancher's Runaway Princess, and on Valentine's Day, no less.
But I'm not doing it alone. No sirree.
I did my first book signing solo. I kept my girls close by for moral support - they were all of 9 and 7 at the time. I did have an okay crowd, but during the lulls, when customers went by, it felt a little awkward being at that table all by myself. And while I'm personable, I just don't have it in me to get in someone's face and ask them to buy my book. I smile in a friendly way and offer a hello. And feel stupid. Thank goodness for friends that came and kept me company - like my good friend Joyce here who might be the coolest person ever.
There really is safety in numbers though. The next signing I did was five months later as a part of a workshop that the Calgary RWA was putting on. We did a group signing - me, Vivi Anna, Pamela Yaye and Brenda Novak. We laughed our butts off. Had a great time. We all had peeps come and then shifted them over to other authors. It was a BLAST. I knew then I never wanted to do another solo signing.
Fast forward to this past October when I was in Calgary again - this time with Vivi Anna, Pamela Yaye, Cara Colter, CJ Carmichael and Rebecca York! A whole gaggle of authors! Don't we look like we're having fun?
My determination not to do solo signings is working out well, because quite unexpectedly I ended up with a signing this Saturday! I can't wait, because the other author is one whose work I really admire...Julianne MacLean. I'm really looking forward to being able to chat with her and with readers!
Now I don't know how many of you are in the Halifax, NS area, but if you are we'd love to see you at the Sunnyside Indigo from 12-2. Rumour has it there may be chocolate!