My coauthor Rachel Wilder and I signed up for a book signing at a local convention called Chicago North RWA Spring Fling one year, (RWA stands for Romance Writers of America). Run every two years, it’s a fantastic regional convention where writers gather for workshops and readers can meet some of their favorite local authors. It’s coming up next month, for those of you local to the area.
There was only one problem: I was scared outta my mind! What if they held a book signing, and nobody came? Isn’t that everyone’s fear?
So I decided to do some market research and attend the book signing at RT that year. It was in Chicago, after all, so I figured, how bad could it be?
But in the process of wrestling with my nerves at the biggest book signing event I’d ever attended, it hit me: this is a trade show. It’s not a “book signing,” whatever that means. Somehow, in my mind, I translated it to “popularity contest,” and had all the quasi high school flashback horror movies running in my head about it. But trade shows I’m all over. I’ve worked trade shows. I’ve supported people working in trade shows. I know about trade shows.
So Rachel and I put our thinking caps on and came up with a coherent table presentation and a basket that gave our table height. We stood the entire time, greeting guests as they came down the aisle. And by the end of it, you know what happened?
I had a ball.
So here’s to learning new stuff. Whoever said old dogs can’t learn new tricks has never met an old dog.
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s the best book signing you’ve ever attended? Or, if you haven’t gone to one, what’s your dream signing event?
(And for the record? I keep trying to type “singing” instead of “signing.” Oi. Saturday fingers.)
– E.E. Cummings
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