Thank you to Barnes & Noble One Loudoun for hosting my first author signing at your beautiful location.
Thank you to everyone who came to the event and to those who promoted it on social media or by word of mouth.
Thank you to everyone who sent me messages of support and congratulations, before, during, and after the event.
Thank you to everyone who bought my book, took home a bookmark, or simply stopped by to chat about The Insistence of Memory.
Thank you in advance to everyone who will read my book and, hopefully, tell their friends about it. Double thanks to those who will also take the time to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble.
I know that writing reviews can feel awkward, but they really do help so much!
The turnout at this author signing exceeded my wildest expectations with a steady stream of visitors the entire time we were there.
Since it was a local signing, many friends, neighbors, and yoga students came out to offer their support. It meant so much to see people from my various social groups all collected in one place.
Worlds colliding! (In a very good way!)
It was so busy at times that I wasn’t always able to talk with each person there for as long as I would have liked. Please trust that I appreciated seeing you all!
Several shoppers (who I didn’t know) also came by in search of something new to read, or were maybe drawn by the action.
I loved meeting new people and it was fun to tell them about The Insistence of Memory, whether they decided to buy a copy or not. If any of you happen to read this, thank you so much for taking a chance on an unknown author! And thank you for your kind words of support when hearing that it’s my first book.
As some of you know, I was pretty nervous about this author signing. For two main reasons:
- It’s social.
- It’s attention. On me.
Two things that can be awkward and unpredictable. Especially when my foot finds its way to my mouth! But it was such a positive experience, that I’m actually looking forward to having another signing in the not-too-distant future.
Perhaps with my next book. (Coming soon!)
I’m not sure what else to say about this amazing experience.
I could gush about how special Barnes & Noble made me feel with that massive banner in their front window. (Thanks, Blake!)
I could explain the tricks I learned, like to sign the bookmark first so the Sharpie dries while I’m signing the book.
I could encourage you to check out future events and continue to buy books by local and indie authors. This marketing stuff is hard and we can really use the support!
I could also (not so) subtly slip in another mention of how helpful it is when people review my book online. (ha!)
And while those are all great things to share, my mind just keeps going back to two words: