Monday, April 17, 2006

Book Launch a great success!

Our first book signing went very well on Saturday. Everyone's friends and family showed up, and the books went like hotcakes! People were taking armfuls at a time.

From Sandra, president of our chapter:
Congratulations! We could not have had a better launch for Low Down and Derby. Both Barnes & Noble and our ORV chapter sold out of books. That is very exciting and bodes very well for future book sales.

Fourteen of the fifteen authors were present. We each had sixty seconds to give a short bio, and then, later, sixty more seconds to give a short description of our story. Several of the people there had typed statements to refer to; I'm afraid I just winged it. "I've wanted to be a writer my entire life. In fourth grade, when the teacher asked us what we wanted to be our entire lives, I said a writer... of course, I wanted to be a rock star, an actress, and a superhero, too. Some of those dreams didn't manifest."

Once we began actually signing the books, my nervousness began to fade. Gwen and I were using the pens her boss brought back to her from Africa, and mine was spear-shaped, leading to several 'lethal weapon' jokes. I did have a heart-stopping moment, though, when one of the purchasers turned out to know the Maddens!

Woman: "Are you the one who wrote this piece on the Maddens?"
Me: "Um... yeah?"
Woman: "They're friends of mine. Could you inscribe this 'To Anita and Preston'?"
Me: "Gee, I hope I didn't write anything they could sue me over."
Other writers nearby: "Bwahahahahah! What a wit!"
Me: (no reply, worriedly glancing over the article as I inscribe it)

Our next outing as authors is scheduled for April 29th at the Bluegrass Festival of Books. I hope to see some of my Lexington friends there!

Sarah G

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