Stone Alley is a local bookstore in my hometown. Bookstores are getting to be a rare thing, so, I'm thankful and appreciative that I had the opportunity to do a signing for my first book in the town where I grew up. Note to Ben (owner of Stone Alley), COFFEE DUDE!
I arrived at the bookstore and got set up. I really had no idea what or who to expect. No press release by me, just a simple Facebook event with invitations. Time will tell, I said to myself. I sat down with my cup of coffee, took a deep breath and readied my sharpie marker...and I waited.
I didn't have to wait long. Register-Mail photographer Bill Nice approached me and asked me a few questions. Bill had me for assignment that day. We chit chatted about his holiday experience and he snapped some photos. As I mugged for the camera, a young lady approached the table and asked about my book. I explained that I was a local author and she flipped through the pages, turned her attention back to me and said "This is great! I'm going to get one for my daughter. Could you please sign it?". Wow. That was easy. Complete and total stranger wants my book. What a great way to start the event. I signed in and a few minutes later she approached me again to sign a second book for her little boy. Man, I'm on fire, I thought. 2 for 2 and I've only been here 5 minutes.
As the afternoon progressed, I was visited by old classmates, my parents, several friends and a very friend newspaper reporter. Gary Tomlin greeted me with his laptop under his arm. He politely asked me if he could interview me. What was I going to say, no? Gary began popping questions and I soon realized that I didn't really have any idea how to be interviewed for this book, the process, the inspiration or the event. It made me chuckle. Here I was a former radio host, who prided himself on the ability to speak clearly and professionally, stumbling to find answers to very simple and basic questions. Lesson learned. Always be prepared to talk about your accomplishments, services, talents, etc. Thanks Gary for going easy on me and writing a very nice article. My mom appreciates it when I make the front page of our local paper and thankfully it wasn't for something scandalous. You can read the article online HERE at the Galesburg Register-Mail web site.
2 hours and 19 books later I finished my first book signing. It was fun. It was neat. It was a lot of things. I can't imagine how Stephen King does it or if he still does it for that matter. Then again, he hasn't written a book called "You can not lick your elbow". I would have stayed all day if the need and demand was there. I didn't have anything to do except go home and put away some laundry.
If you missed the first book signing there is good news! You can attend the next one at the Warren County Public Library on Saturday January 30, 2016 at 10:00 am. I'll be reading the book to children first and signing shortly after. When I say shortly after, I mean that literally. The book is less that 30 pages and there are pictures. :)
Until next time!
Dream big. Dream often. Then do everything you can to make those dreams come true!