My first ever book signing!!!

Oh My GOD!  It was the craziest thing I have ever seen and the coolest thing by far.  I was so in awe of the authors.  There had to be at least 200 to 300 people coming and going from that room plus the authors plus their assistants plus the yummy male models that some of them brought.  You would think that chaos ensued… you’d be wrong.

This was a well run operation.

If you have no idea what signing I went to then check out this link…

http://thenaughtymafiarocksvegas.blogspot.com/p/w.html

I met a bunch of author, some of my most favorites, and waited in some seriously long lines.  When I say long lines I mean you had to take a ticket and wait for your number to be called to even get a chance at getting your books signed… how cray is that?

The point is, the entire time I was there the only thing I could think about was being on the other side of the table.  What would it be like to be the author at such a huge signing?  How incredibly awesome would it be to have people come to see you just to get a chance to get their book signed?

Then I started to freak out a little because I hate being the center of attention.  It’s not the worst thing in the world but I prefer to blend in a little bit more than what would have been possible in that room.

So, moral of the story… I’m not sure I’m ready for anything that is about to happen.  I obviously hope that my books sell, that they touch people’s heart, that they inspire people.  I hope that one day enough people will be as determined to meet me as I was to meet the amazing authors that I met.  I want my books to do well.  Yes, I want to make this my career.  The only problem I see with this is that I’m not sure that I will be able to get over the attention that comes with it if I do well.

So, if anyone knows any tricks that may help me get over my fear of being the center of attention… I’m listening.  But please, do not tell me to embrace it because that is a load of ****.

I know that none of this will be an issue for a while.  I’m not delusional enough to think that it will happen over night.  I’m not even delusional enough to think that it will happen at all.  A lot of hard work goes in to making a book a success and many of the authors that I met have worked really hard, starting out as indie authors and then getting publishing contracts down the line after they’ve proved their merit.

So, to those that have worked their butts off to get where they are, I applaud you. (I am clapping right now in between typing words.)  Your hard work has been recognized and you are being rewarded with each sale.  I can only hope that my hard work will some day be recognized as well.  I would like my reward to be in the form of a table, next to you, at a book signing (after I conquer my fear of the public).

That it all.

Comments

  1. I have a fairly healthy fear of being in public as well. Best suggestion I can give is start small, local, and have friends/ family there to help ease the tension. Ease into it, like getting into cold water on a hot day. 🙂