Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Temple Public Library recently had some major remodeling done and today marked the official showing of all the updates. Along with this was a ribbon cutting, where our mayor, along with other dignitaries, lined up, gave speeches and cut the ribbon with a giant pair of scissors. There was also a children's dance ceremony and an author's book signing.
It was officially my first book signing. Ironically it wasn't one of my own romance suspense books on display. Instead I proudly showed off the book, Our Written Voices - the book collaboration done with fellow authors from the Cafemom group, The Written Voice. Along with the books, I offered business cards and bookmarks.
It was interesting to see how other authors displayed their books and what tokens they offered their potential customers. One put out a dish of hard candy and had box displays to hold up their books in a handsome visible style. Several toted their supplies within pull along luggage. One author, very gifted indeed, not only displayed her books but offered a CD of her own guitar music, which I quickly bought. Another dressed up in fashion of a woman of the early 1900's, as her children's books are based in that early time period.
I traded one of my books with a gentleman who was from Iran, a convert of Muslim faith to Christianity. I can't wait to read the book he offered. There were some authors I didn't get to meet personally, but I think the festive occasion was a great time to bring us together. I had a great time and learned a lot. Mostly I found that I could muster up the confidence to speak publicly, making my sales pitch about the book. I had some interests, but a lot were casual lookers more interested in all of the festivities. Still, I chalk up this book signing as valuable experience. It's my hope another opportunity will present itself again in the near future.
Me and My children who attended: