Several years ago, I attended a book signing with author Sue Grafton. She’s originally from Louisville, like I am, so she came to a local bookstore after the release of one her books. I forget which one it was now…It might have been Q for Quarry back when it was first released. I remember we stood in line for hours waiting to get to see the author, but she was very gracious and it turned out to be a nice evening. That, before last Saturday, was the only experience I’d ever had with a book event.
When I recently got the opportunity to do my own book event (not a signing per se, but an event, nonetheless), I jumped at the chance, even though I felt I wasn’t quite prepared. Exposure is exposure, and I can use all the help I can get.
Basically, the event was a fashion show at a local Catherine’s store on Dixie Highway. Catherine’s, for those who don’t know, is an up-scale store for plus size women. They have some awesome clothes and even more wonderful clothes and purses. It was a fabulous fashion show, and they were offering some prime space in the front of the store to certain vendors – for free.
I set up a table and took some jewelry and some old copies of my first book, Shadows of Things to Come, which I’ve since renamed Unyoked, but when I re-release that book on May 1, 2013, it’s going back (by popular demand) to the original title, but with a brand new cover. Here’s a sneak peak of the new cover…just because I’m so proud of it! 🙂
The old cover wasn’t nearly so interesting, although I did get some nice compliments on it. Incidentally, if anyone wants to buy a copy, I’ve got about 16 actual paper copies left. I’m selling them for $10 a piece (plus a $3.50 flat rate shipping charge). Just click the button below to pay securely through Paypal.
Check out the book’s description here. It’s the one called Unyoked. The description hasn’t changed, even though the cover and the title have! And I might run a Rafflecopter contest to give a (possibly more than one) copy away to a lucky winner. I’m just not sure about that, since my last Rafflecopter giveaway attempt was such a bust. If there’s enough interest, maybe I will…Anyway, back to the event. I sold one necklace and one book, and I made a few possible editing contacts. Overall, it wasn’t an incredible profitable afternoon, but it WAS fun! 🙂 Here are some pictures that my good friend Crystal Murray uploaded (and edited) for me.
Here are some group shots of all the fashion models (and myself and some of the store employees) singing.
And Lilly wasn’t the only cute little girl in attendance.
It was a really super way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, the store manager invited me to come back and set up another table for their special mother-daughter event that’s going to be held the Saturday before Mother’s Day. That’s part of the reason I’m in such a mad rush to get all my books in better shape (and/or released) before May 1! I’m hoping to make even more sales. 🙂