Well tomorrow is ‘B’ Day, as in book signing day. This will be my second ever such event and I suspect it will be quite a different affair to my first signing in Gympie, last year. That went swimmingly and apart from a slow start, I had a fun time chatting to friends, work colleagues and family. As an added bonus, I managed to sell about 10 Dog Logics in the hour I was there. Tomorrow it is Mary Ryan’s bookstore at New Farm, where I know no one. Eeek!
I have promoted this event shamelessly on numerous Facebook pages as often as I can without becoming a cyber pest, so there isn’t really anything else I can do. As the day creeps inexorably closer, the anxiety attacks are coming thick and fast. What if no one turns up and I don’t sell any books? What about the awkward moments (minutes? hours?) when I am all alone at my table, the unsold books weighing heavily at my side, staring out at the big wide shopping world. Double eeek!
After doing a frantic web search for book signing etiquette, I came up with some sensible advice which quietened the butterflies. A ‘successful’ book signing is when the store has your books in stock, a chair is supplied and you sell one book… must keep this in the forefront of my brain tomorrow.
With this slant on things, Saturday is actually looking fairly good for a predicted steamy, sultry summer day. Air conditioned shop? Check. Chair to sit in? Check. Coffee and cake close by? Check.
So with a framed Sox photo, Sox paw print and Sox adorned t-shirt in my bag, (but no actual Sox), I am ready to take on the world, or at least the Mary Ryan customers. Wish me luck!