First, I have to really thank Susie and the wonderful folks at Laurie's Paperback Exchange in Oregon City. They made me feel like a rock star. Everybody was so polite and kind and just really super to deal with during my book signing on October 27th. I hope that this will only be the first of many appearances.
So, now on to the reality. I have some great friends. One of my highlights was seeing somebody that I have not seen (with the exception of our 10 year reunion back in 1993) in decades. My friend Jamie brought her son and two daughters. It was super to think that she made time in her day to come support somebody she hasn't seen in so long. The biggest compliment I received that day was from a mother of two young boys who "never read until they got ahold of your book." I will hold those memories dear forever.
|The staff at Laurie's were dying to see me!|
Now for the reality. I got a lot of polite nods as folks came, but only a few people that were not friends of either me, Denise, or Jenifer actually came. I sold a dozen books. Secretly, I was hoping for ten or twenty "strangers" to come in. And I could have skipped all of this and just told you all about how great it was...but that's just not me. I am sure that some of you up-and-coming authors are thinking about or planning book signings. I truly wish you all the success in the world and hope that there are lines out the door. And someday, I will have that sort of turnout. Just not this time.
I learned from this experience. I met a few people. I had a few complete strangers come to the table. But I was reminded of the first live remote I did when I started out in sports talk radio. It was in a small tavern, and I felt more like I was in the way of the regulars who came in to drink. I had one actual listener come in to meet me. By the time I left that line of work, I had a die hard following, and even had somebody bid to spend a day golfing with me. What blew me away was the fact that, in the end, there were actually three people in a bidding war. (It was for an adopt-a-greyhound foundation...so maybe they were just dog lovers.) I have no doubts that my audience will continue to grow. And someday, I will look back on that first signing and smile. But I would not be being honest if I didn't admit that it was VERY humbling. I guess the next thing to wait for is the actual release of Zomblog: Snoe.