Since then my publisher has discovered the futility of book signings, and they've stopped sending me. Thank God because I was starting to get a complex and probably would have needed therapy for my low self-esteem. However, every once in a while a few of us local authors get together at our Christian Book store and have a signing. So, bearing extremely low expectations, I grab my pen, my glasses (or I can't see my own signature), put on my smile, and head on over to the shop, looking forward to chatting with my author friends more than anything.
This Saturday was no different. At least it didn't start out that way. Now, mind you, we authors aren't beyond begging or bribing. We had assembled a huge gift basket with 5 free books, candles, chocolate, and lots of other goodies to be raffled off to one of the people attending. Not to mention that each of us planned on giving a free talk on how to incorporate theme into your manuscript! Did I mention free? Where can you get five writing lessons from five well-known authors for free? You would think that would draw a crowd.
But before you start feeling sorry for me, it wasn't a complete bust. We gathered our chairs in a circle and started our talks. Then slowly one by one, more people trickled in. One here, another there, three more (friends of one of the authors!) here, a few there.. until at the peak, we probably had about 8 or 9 people! Now, that's a crowd for a book signing. I actually had a pretty good time. I got to chat with some really nice people, some who write and hope to get published, others who are just readers. One lady approached me carrying a copy of The Restitution and told me she first started reading my books back when my pirate series came out and she's read every one since. How cool is that?
I didn't sell a ton of books. I didn't make a name for myself in San Jose. But God was gracious as always and I had a great time with old friends and new ones. I will never complain about my life. You should have seen that deep, dark pit I was in when God reached down and pulled me out! After that, everything is gravy! I feel extremely blessed to be signing any books at all! Especially books that I have written. God is so good.
Here's a picture of the authors at the signing: From Left to Right. Shelly Bates, Dineen Miller, ME!, Susanne Lakin, and Kristin Billerbeck.
By the way, all these author's books are fabulous!! You should check them out! And yes, I'm short. I know I'm short. And I even had heels on!
Here's another couple shots of the actual signing.