Last Saturday Reader’s World Book Store in Lee’s Summit, Missouri hosted a book signing for author Trisha Leigh and me.
Although I’d been looking for a site to host a book signing for several months, when Reader’s World offered to take part in a signing with Trisha and me, I was really, really, REALLY nervous. What if no one came? I figured, if nothing else, my mother would come.
And so would Trisha’s mom.
What I dared not hope for was this:
People were coming and going, so we don’t know how many were there, but the estimate is around fifty. Trisha and I were supposed to talk first, but someone came up and said they had to leave and could we sign their book early? Then everyone got in line.
After we signed a lot of books — >>insert my happy face<< Oh wait. It’s right above this!!!– Trisha and I discussed how we met (on Twitter several years ago), how we became critique partners, and how each one of us has contributed in some way to each other’s books, where we get ideas and how the germ of an idea can launch and entire book series.
Then we took questions and gave away some awesome door prizes. (Somehow we never got a good photo of Christian, the Reader’s World store manager. This is a travesty.)
The signing wouldn’t be possible if Reader’s World hadn’t graciously offered to host us.
This might sound weird, but I think book signings are like weddings. You’re in the middle of it and loving every minute of it, but so much is going on you can’t really appreciate it until it’s over.
When I finally got home, I sat down and realized what an amazing day it had been and I cried. I’ve said this over and over, and at this point, you all might think I’m insincere, but trust me when I say I KNOW I wouldn’t be where I am right now without my readers. You read my books and love them and tell your friends and tell me– which inspires me to write more books. I never, ever take you for granted.
So it was REALLY amazing to meet some of our readers in person!!!
And thanks to my assistant Heather who helps me in so many ways so I can concentrate on what we all want– more time for me to write books!
And now a couple of fun pictures:
My son Ross who stayed the entire time and proclaimed himself my body guard.
And my daughter Julia and her friend Megan, who were the official photographers and acted as our assistants.
Looks like it was sooooo much fun! I hope I can make it to one someday! #LoveFromMichigan
Be on the look out for Author Events. More and more are being organized for readers to meet their favorite authors. They are usually free to the public and host 20 or more authors. I’m taking part in on in March in Boston, and I’ve been invited to participate in two author events in St. Louis (October) and Orlando (August) both of which are still in the planning stage.
What a great event but then everything you do turns out great. Congratulations and may God Bless you in the wonderful future you will have.