It wasn’t until the day of that I started to get really nervous. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough books. I was worried that I wouldn’t want to talk to a bunch of strangers all day. I was worried that I looked fat in the dress I chose (which I know is ridiculous).
The morning of the event, I changed my outfit three times. The first dress, the one that my fans chose online, was just a wee bit too tight. Then I opted for my Totoro dress, but felt I would be too cold. It wasn’t until I tried on jeans and a thin top that I immediately decided to wear the Totoro dress.
Anyway, the event went way better than I thought it would. I set up my books and the bookmarks my husband so lovingly designed and printed last minute. In no time, friends and family arrived to buy books and chat me up. People I hadn’t seen in years came to get books. What surprised me the most was the amount of books purchased by people I DIDN’T know.
That shook me.
People genuinely picked up my book and found themselves drawn into the story that I love so much. I brought thirteen books with me and by the time I left (within a two hour span) there was one left. Only four purchases were made by friends!
As nervous as I was, I cannot wait to do more events like this. Next time around I’ll be sure to do a few things a little differently. I will try to be a little better when talking about my own story. I choked a few times, even if they did end up buying. Another thing was that I completely forgot to take any photos! All I have is the one announcing my arrival!
I’m currently looking to book more events. As it stands I have the Author Meet and Greet at a local library in May and the Hallowread event in October (which I still need to book my spot!).