Sunday, April 29, 2007

An author signing!

I met an author out authoring yesterday! (Hee-hee.) I’m at my local Borders six days a week, but either I miss all the visiting authors, or we don’t have that many.

Of course, I’ve met authors before. But it’s always been in a "non-authoring" context. (Click the link for Mark Terry’s post about the "authoring" jobs one has to do.)

I’ve never been to a signing, save one. The one was years ago, before I joined RWA, and the author and I stared at each other, both too shy to speak. It was pitiful. At that point, I was really young then.

So anyway, here’s another signing, and the guy was way friendly and talkative--a regular, outgoing nice guy. He said he sold a big pile of books about ’yay high’ (which made me inexplicably proud of our town), and he was really quite fascinating.

To top it off, he was selling a spy thriller--that’s Robert Spirko’s The Palestine Conspiracy. How cool is that?

He told me about this book and the next. I didn’t tell him that I’ve been not finishing a spy novel for four months now, and I’ve not been blogging about spies for almost a year. :-) His next one sounds fascinating: all about Anastasia.

Romanov, you know?

One thing for future, lucky self to remember: bookmarks may not sell books, but they DO help an interested reader remember the guy’s name and his book’s name when you get home! If I weren’t going to blog about it, I think I would’ve given up! I can’t buy it until May.

What do you think of signings? Ever done one? Been to one?

5 bonus scribbles:

Christa M. Miller 4/29/2007 08:59:00 PM  

I've only ever been to one signing - Julia Spencer-Fleming did one not far from where I live. It was a really good event, she's very personable, makes it look so easy!

I hope once the kids are older that I'll be able to make more 7pm signings, but for now, they need me around for bedtime. It's a small sacrifice. :)

spyscribbler 4/30/2007 08:09:00 AM  

Awwww, how sweet, Christa! A friend of mine went to one of Nora's signings and she loved it.

Karen Olson 4/30/2007 05:38:00 PM  

Love author events. In the last month I've seen Michele Martinez, Harlan Coben and Ian Rankin. All three were incredibly entertaining, and I can't wait to delve into their books (but because I'm not reading crime fiction right now because I'm writing, the books are in a little pile in my office, taunting me...)

spyscribbler 4/30/2007 06:40:00 PM  

Wow! I wanna move where you live, Karen!

I have that pile, too. I looked at my desk, and there's FIVE books I can't WAIT to read!

Karen Olson 4/30/2007 09:23:00 PM  

We've got great indies here in my little area of Connecticut: the Book Vault in Wallingford (Michele has come there for all her books!) and RJ Julia's in Madison (where I saw Harlan Coben and Ian Rankin — and Carl Hiaasen in November).