Monday, May 21, 2012

The fun of book signings

This has been a weekend of book signings, and it carried over into Monday night. It began with the Mystery Month Event at Barnes & Noble Friday night and carried over into two signings at the Old Neighborhood Grill--a real neighborhood hangout with good food. Saturday morning Jordan and I were there at seven, and several friends were equally prompt, meeting for breakfast and to get signed books. I sold 24 books, which I think is a really respectable number, especially that early in the morning, and beyond that I had a good time visiting with friends. Most people who came to buy a book stayed to eat breakfast.
Not so tonight for another signing, back at the Grill. People who came to buy the book lingered and visited over a glass of wine, which was fun and pleasant. Tonight was not as busy as the Monday night signing for the first book, but I wonder if that isn't usual with the second in a series. People will read it but don't feel as obliged to be in on the "big" event. Several people have said to me that they're liking the second book even better than the first. And tonight I got some "walk up" traffic--people who came to the Grill for supper and stopped to chat. Several bought books, and one went away with a bookmark, saying she'd get it later--maybe she will and maybe she won't. One friend I hadn't seen in a long time said she's heard a lot about this book and wanted her book group to read it--great news!
Both signings were family affairs. Jordan has appointed herself my goodwill ambassador, cashier, and, most recently, publicist, though she did ask "As your publicist, what would I do?" Hmmm. Stumped us both. Jacob was a willing salesman and, if nothing else, charmed people. He tallied a long list of figures that, far as I could tell, had nothing to do with anything and announced I could give him either $1, $100 or $1,000--which would I choose? Hmm, life's hard decisions.
Christian arrived, and we stayed for supper. Even sold a book unexpectedly as we were about to leave.
The third book is written, and I have about 2500 words on the fourth--though it went in a totally unexpected direction this morning. Now what do I do with that, other than bask in the glow of these good signings?

6 comments:

Polly said...

So happy it was a success for you Judy. You deserve the best after all the hard work you have done. I am so happy for you!

Polly

Polly said...

I am so happy it was a success for you. You have worked very hard and deserve the best. I am SO happy for you.

Polly

Judy Alter said...

Thanks much, Polly. I really appreciate your good thoughts, all your photos--and your friendship.

Edith Maxwell said...

I like this idea of signing in eating establishments! I'm going to look into where I can hold a couple of those this fall.

Congratulations. I loved your first book and can't wait to read the second.

Jackie said...

Very happy this was asuccess for you. I loved both of the first two books and can't wait to read the third. When will it be available? Jackie

Judy Alter said...

Jackie, book three will be out in august, and I'm working on--struggling with--book four now. But there will be the first in a new series in January.