|This is my book sitting on the on the book table at Costco. I can't tell you how many times I have browsed that table dreaming of the day Uncovering Cobbogoth would be on it too! It was a very surreal experience. :-)|
So this last Saturday was my very first book signing!!! Sometimes I forget that I'm doing all of this stuff for the first time, because of self publishing the book first. I didn't do any signings or launch parties with the last book, however. I think I might pretend I've already done it, just to ease my nerves a little, but so far everything has gone really well surrounding the relaunch of this book.
My expectations when I arrived at Costco were low so that I wouldn't be disappointed if nobody came. I was determined to gain at least 10 new potential fans (sell 10 books) by the time I was done. I even kept a little tally sheet just to let me know how I was doing throughout my three hours there.
But my expectations were exceeded exponentially! :-) Hows that for a sentence?
After my Costco experience this Saturday, I learned that 1) gaining potential fans isn't as scary or hard as I thought it would be, and 2) those people walking by were a whole lot nicer and willing to listen than I was prepared for. A lot of them were actually eager to learn about my little book and give it a chance. I think sometimes, because I know the ins and outs of this story, I've seen and slaved over it's weaknesses and faults; because I know that while it's as good as I can do at this point in my development as a writer, it still isn't perfect, I sometimes think other people will see all of those things too. But I'm learning more and more that people are just generally really amazed that 1) you actually wrote a book in the first place, and 2) that you were actually able to get a publishing house to publish said book. And most of them really want you to succeed.
So, pretty much I was blown away this Saturday by the kindness of strangers. Most importantly, I was amazed at how many of you who are already fans made the effort to come out and support me and my book that day. I am so humbled and so grateful for your support. This story wouldn't be without the countless people who have and continue to believe in it. This includes you too amazing family of mine!
And now, without further ado, I'm happy to report that I far exceeded my goal of gaining 10 new potential fans, and ended up nearly selling out of Costco's supply of my book. By the time I left, there were only 10 copies of Uncovering Cobbogoth left! It was pretty ironic.
Here are a few pics my main man Mikey snapped of the event.
|This is my Amazing sis-in-law and her cutie patootie little girl. They came down from Heber for the signing. Amidst all of the strangers, it was so nice to see familiar faces. |
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Thanks again for all who came out to this Saturday! It was a definite success!
And if you didn't make it to this sighing, there will be another on July 26th at the Costco in Sandy, UT. Hopefully it will be just as awesome!