Tip of the Day: When your husband gives you that look and says, “You’re watching (insert your favorite teen TV show here) AGAIN?!” Tell him in your most serious voice, “I’m doing research.”
When thinking of all the wonderful new things Lisa, Miss Pinch-Me-I’m Pubbed, is embarking on with her new book release this week , one of the highlights has to be book signings.
When I think of book signings for other people I think ooooh fun! I love to go to them. I love meeting authors. When I think of doing my own book signing, I think AHHHHHH!!!!!! Of course I WANT to do them; they just seem kinda scary at the moment. Like,
1) What do I talk about?
2) What part of the book do I read? And will I sound like a dork?
3) How much of the book do I read?
4) What if the attendants ask a question that I don’t have an answer for?
Ok, really I shouldn’t be too nervous (though I’m sure I totally will be) since I’ve been teaching for 7 years. I should be good at this talking to people stuff. And good at reading aloud and answering questions etc. But maybe because the subject matter is more personal, being my work, that it scares me a little? What do you guys think? Does the idea of having your own book signing scare you? And then do you know what is even scarier to me? That first signing where all of your family and friends show up. I mean, talk about pressure! How have you published writers handled that?
And then once you’ve stopped obsessing about the impending book signing and you are actually there doing it, what the heck are you going to write in your book?? I mean, people got in their cars, drove to see you, bought the book, listened to your reading, and waited in line (ok I’m dreaming of big crowds here…). You have to write something great right? Something profound and life changing. Well, maybe not profound and life changing…I may be getting carried away. Definitely something cool though. Let’s examine some of the signed books in my collection.
Simone Elkeles: “How cool that you came to the festival! Good luck with your book and I hope you make millions.”
I love this one. Sweet and personal. And she wants me to make millions!
Caridad Ferrer: “Congrats! I hope you enjoy my girl!”
I like this one. She said congrats because of a contest and I like that she really feels close to her character in the book to say “enjoy my girl”. Cute.
Melissa Marr: “There are always choices.”
Oooh cryptic. There is obviously a meaning with her signing and I have to read the book to figure it out. Clever.
Meg Cabot: “Meg Cabot”
Hmmm…not much to work with here. But you know what? It’s freaking Meg Cabot and I love her! And she hands down had the best book signing I've ever attended.
Name Withheld to protect the book signing challenged: “Thank you for your patronage.”
Uh gee…you’re welcome. I’ve got no warm fuzzies from this one folks.
Ok, so what do you guys think I should write at my future booksignings? I’m thinking I need something that ties into the book. The Espressologist is about a coffee barista that matchmakes customers based on their favorite coffee drinks. What about something like,
“Wishing you love with your latte.”
Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub