I have been privileged to participate in several book signings. Alas, I am not published (enough), or famous (at all), so I am not blessed with the 1 to 2 major signings that other authors enjoy. These accomplished writers might show up once a year in Manhattan, sign books out to a healthy queue of people, and return to their writing caves to crank out another best seller. This is not me.
However, I do enjoy my book signings immensely. Which is good since I have so darn many of them. I have also learned many things at my book signings. I have learned how to act, how not to act. For example, I have learned to station someone – anyone – at my table while I go to the bathroom, lest people think ‘Book Signing’ are the words for ‘Please Take One’ in Urdu. Another example: I have learned to make eye contact with people that pass by the table. Only then do they realize that I am not a United Way Fund Drive or there to do a free cholesterol screening.
It is also important to have a clean, professional looking display . . . such as these women have . . .
Here we have Eunice Siefker (author of The Crocodile Song), and Debi Grimm (illustrator of childrens’ books), along with their wonderful display. Not only are the books easy to see, they have an eye-catching banner and poster. However, what REALLY goes on behind the scenes? How can authors and illustrators sit for hours at a time, looking cheerful, professional, and just so inviting?
They do whatever it takes. Here – BEHIND the scenes – we have beverages, lipstick, cell phones, pen, paper, and event planners. Hidden food also helps immensely. . . as long as one picks the spinach from one’s Spanokopita from one’s front teeth. Visitors, family, and conversations with readers that stop by one’s table keep things interesting. Favorite babies also help. Here we have Debi with her grandson, Zoen Ezra . . .
Even if one is merely pumping gas bubbles from a helpless infant behind the professional looking display, it lends a touch of liveliness to the signing. (Rather like cocking a loaded gun at a fun fair, though the only prizes are strange noises from behind the book stacks – and, eventually, soiled pants.)
Even though book signings are strangely tiring (I say ‘strangely’ because I have yet to understand why sitting down and having fun can be so exhausting), I am THOROUGHLY enjoying myself.
‘THANK YOU!’ TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO COME!
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