Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Booksignings make me nervous

"Read?" I'm staring at the e-mail with a belly full of jitterbugs. "How will I read a whole chapter out loud without sounding really foolish?" Okay, I can do this. No worries. I'll just pick a short scene and not a whole chapter. I'll be selling Celestial Dragon, btw.

Anyone else get all jittery before booksignings? Well, I guess I kinda have cause. My first two booksignings occured bookless. I'll liken that experience to showing up for your wedding nude. I had a nice turn out too. Eveyone was very understanding. I took names and promised to contact them when the books did come in.

Once I got over the fact Iwas having a booksigning with no books, I relaxed and enjoyed the afternoon. This weekend, I get to experience a signing with books! Wow. That's kinda exciting. What a novel idea. LOL. But alas, I may scare off my readers if I have to read aloud. Off to practice, that's for sure.

So - for those of you that just happen to be in the vicinity of Austin, Texas, I'll be at the Borders at 9500 South IH 35. I'll be there with about 8 other authors. Too fun! Come see us between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. I would sure love to see my friends there.


Phyllis Campbell said...

I always get nervous at book signings. I'm not one who likes to walk through the aisles and accosts people. LOL If they come to my table, then yes, I'll talk. I like to bring candy...chocolate, of course. I usually sell between 5-8 books. Not very good...but when I'm with other authors and I see that's what they sell - or less - then I'm not as depressed. Even the Harlequin authors don't sell that many... Go figger..


Ciara Gold said...

Yep, I know what you mean. But I guess it's still important to connect with the reading public whether they buy or not.

Heidi said...

I've not had a book signing yet (I'm going to wait until I've got some more books published I think). Also reading out aloud makes me cringe, but I don't want to put you off and I wish you well - and if it's already been I hope it went well.

Think of it this way however if you can manage to get through book signings without the books to sign you'll be just great at this one :)

Taryn Raye said...

Oh I can't imagine having to read a passage from a book. I'm still unpublished, so trying not to worry about the book signings yet. (although I have caught myself daydreaming..hehe)

Best of luck (or hope it went well).