There’s a time when I didn’t even know if I would ever finish my book, let alone find enough courage to go out in public and do a book signing.
Then again, ‘courage’ here is a bit of a sketchy detail.
I’ll be the first to say that I’m a huge introvert. Give me my pajamas, some cats, and a pot of tea any night over leaving the house and socializing. Add a book to that mix, best night ever.
However, one of the great ironies of writing is that we often are drawn to writing because, although quiet, we like to speak. The thing is that we just do it better on paper where we can think before speaking, than in public or face to face. Yet, take on the mantle of author on top of just being a ‘writer’ and you soon realize that you have to *gasp* socialize in order to get your book out there and sell it.
However, this isn’t meant to be a huge, exponentially deep post.
The news is that – although excited and terrified at the same time – I have my first book signing this Saturday!
Should be an interesting time, if anything. I’ve already started a bit of a discussion on a fantasy group on Facebook, and it’s good to know so far that basically every author feels nervous and awkward at book signings. So, at least I’m not alone.
And really, I’m not alone. Being my first ever book signing, I’m truly thankful and relieved that this is not a sole book signing revolving around me and me alone. This is a “Local Authors” signing event at my local Barnes & Noble, meaning that I won’t be the only author there. And, to top it all off, though we’ve never met in person before, I do already know one of the other authors.
Really, though I am prone to social anxiety, I’m just trying not to think about it too much and pretty much play it as I go. I have a good number of books. I have business cards. And I’m in the process of making bookmarks to have on the table as well.
On a final note to all my readers, if there’s any authors out there, have you had any book signings? How did they go? Tips? Horror stories?
Book Signing for “Sparks and Shadows”
Barnes and Noble – Midland, MI
Saturday, April 9 – 2016