Mary Ryan's New Farm book signing
As you would realise, the very fact that I am blogging, means I survived the book signing. It wasn’t quite what I expected. Due to space constraints at Mary Ryan’s New Farm store, I didn’t get to sit in the air conditioned luxury surrounded by wafts of brewing coffee. They set me up just outside, in the steamy Queensland heat. On the positive side, the table was rather lovely; round and wooden with a certain old world charm.
Sox’s photo beguiled many as they walked past and as for the paw stamp! This has proved to be a real success with the dog loving public. There were many ‘how cute’ gasps as I explained it was a genuine Sox paw print made from a genuine Sox paw. While there were many who slowed and smiled, and even quite a few who actually stopped to flick through the book, sales were not brilliant. Maybe a number of the ‘lookers’ will return and purchase at a later date. I live in hope.
Thanks very much to the lovely staff at Mary Ryan’s for inviting me along.
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!