First official book signing – scary or what?
When my publisher got in touch my first reaction was whoopee! My next was unprintable. I looked on-line for advice on protocol and general sensible behaviour appropriate at such events. Then decided to ask an expert. I’m very lucky to be in touch with a best-selling author who is an old hand. He gave me some very helpful tips and I hope I can remember them on Saturday. He said he always takes his pooch with him as she attracts huge amounts of attention. Sadly I don’t have one. Would a seven month old child work the same magic? What happens if said child suddenly decides he doesn’t want to be used as a sales tool and starts squawking? Settled on taking the other half, affectionately known on Twitter as Mr JH – trust he won’t start misbehaving if he gets bored.
I’m also following the blog of a lovely author who mentioned this week that she had visited a bookshop recently and what a great experience it was. Do hope millions of people have read that – particularly if they live in or near East Grinstead in West Sussex!
So armed with advice and several copies of Long Shadows, I will venture where I haven’t been before – into the world of official book signing. Will let you know how I get on.