So today was my first book signing event. First, I want to thank Park Road Books for their support in this event. They gave me a venue and helped me immensely. I'm grateful.
Second, the event was a little different than I envisioned. I thought I'd start right at 2pm, give an overview of the event, read a passage or two, and then sign some of my work. Maybe that will work someday when I have a bigger following, but it wasn't in the cards today.
(My front door display at Park Road Books)There wasn't exactly a crowd at the event, which wasn't unexpected. Instead, there were a few subscribers, most of whom I've gotten to know real well over the last few years. So instead of going all formal, we devolved into an informal discussion of both my novel and my other works and their release schedule. People came and went throughout the event, some staying for only a few minutes, while others stayed for more than an hour. And during that time, of course, I signed some books.
(I've been writing my name since I was five)I managed to sell 90% of what I brought and what the bookstore already had on the shelves, which constituted success in my mind. The store also still has a signed copy to sell(they requested I leave a signed copy for them). Not an earth shattering event, but still a fun one.
As I pick up more folks, and maybe stray outside of my old hometown, these will gain more structure, but for now, it was great to just bullshit with the folks who came and sign some novels. I wouldn't mind all these events being this low stress.