Better Late Than Never

I promised yesterday that I would blog about the book signing in Tulsa.  I should have done it Monday, but better late than never . . .  unless one is dying . . . then ‘never’ is a really keen concept . . .  but let’s not get morbid.

Last Friday was my second book signing in Tulsa.  Both of them were at Panera Bread Company, but at different locations.  The Public Relations Manager, Erin Studebaker, however, is the same.  She is the one who smooths my way, sitting in the corner with her laptop the whole time I’m there, working, keeping an eye on things, welcoming me.  Well, I suppose she is working.  For all I know, she is playing Mafia Wars and is Cyber-mugging in between glances at my signing table . . .  No . . . Probably not.  She is much too pleasant.  Besides, she makes really cool advertising mini-posters for me . . .

Here she is, NOT playing war games . . .

Here she is, NOT trafficking in drugs . . .

While I was there, I met David Byas, a young man who noticed the cover of my book from one of those really cool mini advertising posters that Erin made.

"Hey, man, I saw that picture and thought, that reminds me of something.  And then I thought, 'Oh yeah, that looks just like Chuckie.'  Man, that is one scary cover. . .

"Hey, man, I saw that picture and thought, that reminds me of something. And then I thought, 'Oh yeah, that looks just like Chuckie.' Man, that is one scary cover. . .

He was absolutely right.  The doll on the cover of the book resembles a Chinese version of the puppet doll who ran around killing coeds. . . Not QUITE what I was aiming for, but at least no one thinks the book is a childrens’ book like they did when they saw the cartoon cover of my first book, ‘Charades with a Lunatic’.

I met some new friends while I was there, and caught up with old friends.  Here is a couple of new friends – one I’d met at the last book signing in Tulsa, Merrie Knox, and another I’d met for the first time, Corban Lipperd.

I know.  They have a strong resemblance to each other, but these two people aren’t even remotely blood related.  It’s one of those amazing coincidences – like the higher the ponytail, the airier the coed’s head – a fluke of nature.  In reality, Corban is related to these two. . .

Corban's mom, Enid, and his forever youthful grandmother, Debbie Lipperd of the great hair.

Corban's mom, Enid, and his forever youthful grandmother, Debbie Lipperd.

Okay, now one can REALLY see the resemblance.  Time flies –  the last time I had seen Enid, she was younger than Corban.

My brother, Dennis, even came to visit . . .  

. . . with Randy.  This was my vantage point while they chatted over scones and coffee just to stay awake.  Both of them are night workers.  The only time they looked at me was when I hissed at them.

“Pssst!”  I would say . . .

“What?” they would say back, giving me that blank stare that only night workers are able to pull off in the middle of the day.  Randy was so tired that when he saw the picture later that night, he asked me who that guy was sitting at the table with my brother.  

It was a good signing.  I met friends.  I sold quite a few books.  I eavesdropped on the fascinating conversations flowing around me . . . not on purpose, mind you.  It was quite packed in the bakery/deli.  I was very nearly sharing a table with a group of four retirees who discussed everything under the sun, ending with today’s more bizarre diseases . . . a natural progression of thought.  No light chatter there.  They even bought a book.  Thank you, Frank and friends for being so easy to share space with.

But even though I had a wonderful time, it just wasn’t the same without the amazing, wonderful, fantastic Devin.  We missed your company, Devin, but you certainly made the better choice.  I’m proud of you.  

Maybe next time . . . if David Jolly isn’t in town . . .

On second thought, you could have dragged him to Panera for a late coffee break  :) 

!!! ATTENTION !!!     I need some input from anyone brave enough and creative enough.  I want to hold another drawing, but this time I would like the prize to be different than a free book.  What about winning a spot in my next book as a story character?  Any suggestions?  Other ideas?  Maybe I should give a free book to the person with the best suggestion . . . Hmmm . . .

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14 Responses to Better Late Than Never

  1. JB says:

    That is a brilliant idea to make them a character in your book.

    Or you could let them give you a scenario that you put in the book. I guess that could be tough on you. Do you guarantee the character has only good qualities? ha ha! I get to watch since I already won and people might wonder, if I win again.
    XD

  2. thea says:

    Hmmm… I like the scenario idea…

  3. Pepper Smith says:

    The character in the book scenario is pretty popular. Or just having a character named after them–with the understanding that the character’s actions and personality may be entirely different from what that person would actually do. There are possible legal ramifications to this.

    If you let people give you ideas for the story, you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.

    Other options would be some sort of an object, like a fancy bookmark or piece of jewelry, or a gift card or something. But people do seem to like having a character named after them…

  4. Lisa Bauer says:

    DISCLAIMER: Being selected in the drawing IS the reward! I like the scenario idea… obviously you don’t need anyone to GIVE you ideas for a story! But if you use the scenario idea as the “winning” in your drawing, as was suggested,”you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.”(copy & paste)
    I haven’t actually heard of the scenario idea for books before, but I am not an author…, but I did have a drawing where I let people try to name one of my paintings… the title winner got one of the fine art prints. It got lots of participation & people loved it!
    I am not suggesting you let people select the title to your book, but people do love to get involved with famous works… sounds like fun, wish I had a good idea!

  5. Lisa Bauer says:

    DISCLAIMER: Being selected in the drawing IS the reward! I like the scenario idea… obviously you don’t need anyone to GIVE you ideas for a story! But if you use the scenario idea as the “winning” in your drawing, as was suggested,”you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.”(copy & paste)
    I haven’t actually heard of the scenario idea for books before, but I am not an author…, but I did have a drawing where I let people try to name one of my paintings… the title winner got one of the fine art prints. It got lots of participation & people loved it!
    I am not suggesting you let people select the title to your book, but people do love to get involved with famous works… sounds like fun, wish I had a good idea!

  6. Lisa Bauer says:

    DISCLAIMER: Being selected in the drawing IS the reward! I like the scenario idea… obviously you don’t need anyone to GIVE you ideas for a story! But if you use the scenario idea as the “winning” in your drawing, as was suggested,”you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.”(copy & paste)
    I haven’t actually heard of the scenario idea for books before, but I am not an author…, but I did have a drawing where I let people try to name one of my paintings… the title winner got one of the fine art prints. It got lots of participation & people loved it!
    I am not suggesting you let people select the title to your book, but people do love to get involved with famous works… sounds like fun, wish I had a good idea!

  7. Lisa Bauer says:

    DISCLAIMER: Being selected in the drawing IS the reward! I like the scenario idea… obviously you don’t need anyone to GIVE you ideas for a story! But if you use the scenario idea as the “winning” in your drawing, as was suggested,”you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.”(copy & paste)
    I haven’t actually heard of the scenario idea for books before, but I am not an author…, but I did have a drawing where I let people try to name one of my paintings… the title winner got one of the fine art prints. It got lots of participation & people loved it!
    I am not suggesting you let people select the title to your book, but people do love to get involved with famous works… sounds like fun, wish I had a good idea!

  8. Lisa Bauer says:

    DISCLAIMER: Being selected in the drawing IS the reward! I like the scenario idea… obviously you don’t need anyone to GIVE you ideas for a story! But if you use the scenario idea as the “winning” in your drawing, as was suggested,”you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.”(copy & paste)
    I haven’t actually heard of the scenario idea for books before, but I am not an author…, but I did have a drawing where I let people try to name one of my paintings… the title winner got one of the fine art prints. It got lots of participation & people loved it!
    I am not suggesting you let people select the title to your book, but people do love to get involved with famous works… sounds like fun, wish I had a good idea!

  9. Lisa Bauer says:

    DISCLAIMER: Being selected in the drawing IS the reward! I like the scenario idea… obviously you don’t need anyone to GIVE you ideas for a story! But if you use the scenario idea as the “winning” in your drawing, as was suggested,”you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.”(copy & paste)
    I haven’t actually heard of the scenario idea for books before, but I am not an author…, but I did have a drawing where I let people try to name one of my paintings… the title winner got one of the fine art prints. It got lots of participation & people loved it!
    I am not suggesting you let people select the title to your book, but people do love to get involved with famous works… sounds like fun, wish I had a good idea!

  10. Lisa Bauer says:

    DISCLAIMER: Being selected in the drawing IS the reward! I like the scenario idea… obviously you don’t need anyone to GIVE you ideas for a story! But if you use the scenario idea as the “winning” in your drawing, as was suggested,”you will want to get a signed release from them saying they understand they aren’t getting any money from you–some people expect to get royalties and story credit, so it’s better to head that off at the beginning.”(copy & paste)
    I haven’t actually heard of the scenario idea for books before, but I am not an author…, but I did have a drawing where I let people try to name one of my paintings… the title winner got one of the fine art prints. It got lots of participation & people loved it!
    I am not suggesting you let people select the title to your book, but people do love to get involved with famous works… sounds like fun, wish I had a good idea!

  11. Devin McPherson says:

    Why not give a piece of original art to the winner? It does say Author and Artist at the top. But then again being immortalized in a novel sounds like a novel idea to me, so…

    …go with what ya feel.

  12. thea says:

    Actually, that is a very good idea. :) My cousin Kristen had suggested something similar. How does a pencil -drawn portrait sound? Not only could they send a picture for me to work from easily enough, I could mail it back to them without too much trouble. . . Hmmm. . .

  13. Devin McPherson says:

    “Pencil-drawn portrait” sounds like an alliteration, and an awesome idea by an adept author and artist as well. (boy alliteration is fun) Maybe the picture could be themed?

  14. thea says:

    What kind of theme? Any ideas?

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