Things I learned at my book signing:
- Nerds are much more popular than Smarties. (Note level of candy in red bowl vs. blue bowl.)
- Giving away free candy is hard. (Don’t take candy from strangers still runs deep, apparently.)
- Even if you sit at a table with a large stack of the same book, a sign that says you’re signing the book, most people will not realize you’re the author.
- Some of these people will ask for directions to the restroom (straight back, take a left at information, then a right at the blue frog).
- Having someone shake their head and wrinkle their nose after you describe your book to them is more funny than awful.
- Spending fifteen minutes recommending every book you can think of for someone’s reluctant reader son is a lot of fun.
- Talking to a fellow debut author (Kirstin Cronn-Mills) is both fun and therapeutic.
- Signing all the stock is also lots of fun.
- Sitting by the door, during a Minnesota winter, is not.
Most important, I learned that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to talk to people and that I’d do this again in a heartbeat.