Welcome all, to another round of "what the heck am I doing?" AKA- the Insecure Writers Support Group. This is the one day a month where writers from across the globe scream out our terrors, fears, and just basic wibbly-wobbly knees.
Want to join us? Please do!
Today I am facing down the barrel of my first book signing. Now, technically, I did have one in the office I work in thanks to my supportive boss who set it up. It was AWESOME! Great set up, captive audience, surrounded by folks who kinda like me, and yummy food. It was a great first signing.
Sadly, it wasn't an accurate example of what it will be like for a "real world" one. (Former bookstore manager here- I've hosted book signings....sad....usually, very sad.). NEXT week, Saturday, May 16th to be exact, I will be in Dallas, Texas with a few hundred other authors at a MASSIVE book signing for Romantic Times Booklovers Convention.
I've been to this convention before, and it's a hoot. Lots of fun and usually a wide variety of excellent panels. Attendees all love books and range from librarians and booksellers, to readers/fans, to published authors of all levels.
But this is my first time as a published author. And I'm going a bit cray-cray. I have enough swag to supply an army-seriously, one giant suitcase is full (and just under allowed check in weight) another is waiting to be found so it can be filled. Probably need to fit some clothes in that one too. I already mailed a box of swag for an event (200 hundred pieces there) plus sent a huge box to an awesome friend of a friend who lives in Dallas.
It is like I'm setting up elaborate troop movements under the cover of darkness!
Add to this, a lots of stress and freaking out about the entire thing- and an insane urge to practice my friendly yet "no, really, it's okay if you just take some swag and don't even pick up my book let alone buy it" smile. And you have what I'm going through. While working my full time day job. ARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!
So, long story short (too late, I know) I am looking forward to and terrified by my first signing. If any of you live near the Dallas area-come on by and say hi! (I promise to offer you swag :)).