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Being the author of three published books, I have done more book signings than I can count. When I first started, the pressure of succeeding overwhelmed me. My publisher, Evan Swensen of Publication Consultants, helped to calm and focus me by saying a successful book signings consists of two things: the author and the books both show up. To this day, I rely on that pearl of wisdom.
I have run the gambit of book signings. I have sold one copy on a given day, and sold out another. Last Saturday, March 8, 2014, I did neither; yet, it was one of the most amazingly blessed days I’ve had. I have pondered why I felt this one came to the top.
Yes, I signed seventeen copies in the first hour and that started the day with a bang. I’ve done that before, though. Sales make it a good day but not always a great day.
It was the people that made my day so special. One of my earliest readers hunted me down to get a copy of the newest book in the series, Gorgon. She brought her entire family and I was blessed to talk to her young daughter and get pictures of that special moment.
The staff of Fred Meyer on Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage, Alaska, made sure I was set up in a prime location to talk to customers. They stopped by to say hello on a regular basis. I laughed more that day than I had in a month.
A gentleman in the film industry stopped by my table and expressed interest in a movie. (Who knows where that will go; I was tickled by the thought.)
Sue Henry, a well-known Alaskan author, stopped by and introduced herself. She made me feel so special and talented. We had a few minutes to converse and I now know why she is one of my favorite authors. She is both talented and a down-to-earth and loving person.
These are just a few of the highlights of a day that will stand out in my memory as one of my most successful.
May you be as blessed as I am in your writing career.
Until Next Time,