Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here I am (in the middle) with mystery authors Mary Anna Evans (in yellow) and JB Stanley (in the print dress) at Creatures 'n Crooks Bookshoppe.
This was my first booksigning. I was on hand to sign copies of CUP OF COMFORT FOR CAT LOVERS. My story about my husband and our tuxedo cat "Man's Best Friend" is #8 in the anthology.
I was quite pleased with how the event went. Bookstore owner, Leila Taylor, had everything perfect for both those of us signing and the many customers who stopped by. Adding to the day's excitement was the annual Carytown Watermelon Festival, an event that attracts a good 100,000 visitors.
Among the many shoppers to stop by and say hello and purchase a book were my grandchildren. Yes, it's hard to believe I'm really old enough to have grandchildren! You can't tell that we're happy, can you? My grandson was busy snapping pictures and I hope to have some of those to share with you also. My personal photographer for the day was my daughter. Both did a great job. And it meant a lot to have both family and friends in attendance.
Here I am signing a book. I've dreamed of this day for so long. A first signing is quite a milestone in any writer's career. Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous and actually seemed to know what I was doing. But then I've rehearsed this over and over in my mind probably a million times since I was a small child.
Multi-published author, Carolyn Greene, acted as my personal assistant for the day. Here she is making sure that the customers will not be lacking for chocolate. When I couldn't find a candy dish the night before the signing, I improvised (as any creative person would) with a blue and white cereal bowl from our china cabinet.
Luckily, I not only matched the decor that Leila had for the table, but my bookcover as well. Sure, it was planned...
And here we are back home after the signing. That's my daughter, BJ, on the left, me in the middle, and Carolyn Greene on the right.
You know, it's wonderful to have a great first event of any kind. To be able to share it with those you love is even better. I was truly blessed today to have a wealth of caring people with me. Jorgie, my husband, decided to stay home with Ben. But they were at the signing in spirit and via a picture that was proudly displayed on the author table in front of me.
Writing, knitting, creating. When we finish a book, sell a book, finish a pair of socks or a scarf, or accomplish whatever when we use our creativity, we need to celebrate our accomplishment. Today marked that celebration for me.