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The Adventure Has Begun

Posted by armylaundress on June 15, 2016 at 5:35 PM

The past few months have been a whirlwind indeed, starting with my book launch party that was held at the beginning of May. It was a good time, and I got a chance to see many old friends. One of the things that I was totally unprepared for was actually signing books. Silly as that sounds, it was very true!

I was equipped with pens, and the bookstore had plenty of books to sell. I even had my giveaway party favors, handmade clothespin dolls with a business card attached. However, I hadn't given any thought to what I was going to write when I actually signed a book for someone. I had no idea what I was doing.

I was definitely "a deer in the headlights" at that signing. I muddled through, and even managed to personalize some of the inscriptions. Hopefully none of the inscriptions sounded too dorky. If they did, then I hope I will always be remembered by the buyer as one of those rather ecentric writers!

My next signing was two weeks later, in Denver, Colorado. By then, I was a little better prepared. 'Warmest regards," became the standard line, with some simple personalization when people requested. I was even told the clothespin dolls were a great marketing ploy!

After I had the experience of doing a couple of book signings, I became much more confident. I know what I am doing now. Like every adventure, I have been learning as I go.  (That includes doing radio interviews. Those are a whole 'nuther learning experience, and fodder for a future post.) But that is what life is all about. It is a giant learning curve, and as I tell my students, we just keep on keepin' on!

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