Friday, November 30, 2018

The Book Signing of Christmas Past

As I approach my second book’s release date (BLOOD MONEY, TWRP) on December 10, 2018, I can only think back to my very first book signing last year for my very first book, and make a list and check it twice for future signings:
·        If outside, the temperature should be ABOVE freezing
·        Portable heaters should be present and nearby, as in under my feet
·        Free hot-chocolate should be plentiful
·        Cute Christmas costumes should be replaced by scarves, hats, gloves…and thermal underwear!
·        And last but not least, beg for a backup plan to move the venue inside if the snowflakes threaten

Weather in East Tennessee is unpredictable, to say the least, but wouldn’t you know on that long-anticipated day, the temperature dropped so low that vendors cancelled right and left at our local Christmas street festival. Even the Humane Society thought it too inhumane to bring promised pets for petting. Not me. I was riding a high on the thoughts of autographing my book, and I never considered for one minute that no one would come. Kudos to those few die-hard friends that did, and to one very special lady who drove hours just to support me--that was definitely the highlight of my first book signing; but alas, after three hours, my fingers grew so numb, I barely could sign my name−and those I did mirrored chicken-scratch. I was only too happy to call it quits. I cannot state it enough: book signings in “fowl” weather should be inside…even Santa was cold!


KyAnn said...

that is definitely a book signing to remember. Congrats on your upcoming release too

Cat Dubie said...

I recall [not fondly] the weather you describe. Good for you persevering so long. Wishing you much success with your new book. And a warm indoor space to have your next book signing!


DeeDee Lane said...

Congrats on your upcoming release and happy book signing and hot chocolate!!!!

Laura Strickland said...

Leave it to the weather to derail all good plans! On my first book signing, which was fortunately inside a boutique, we had a freak snow storm, and I had to leave early, only to fight my way home via white-knuckle driving. Best of luck with your upcoming release and happy holidays!


Well, you'll never forget that one, and neither will the brave readers who came!

ELF said...

Congrats on your upcoming release and Happy Holidays!

Kristal Harris said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release and Merry Christmas!

Cj Fosdick said...

Congrats for joining the rose garden! (Much warmer there!)

Book signings in my limited experience was never that profitable. Amazing to me that you managed so well and people came despite the weather! Kudos to you and Merry Christmas!