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Ambrosia’s Books and More had its first author signing! I’m still learning so much. I had no idea how to do it. I didn’t think anyone would want to come to my bookstore in the middle of nowhere to do a signing so I never thought about it much until one day David H. Brown stopped by my store. He told me he wrote a mystery and wondered if I would be interested in having him come in for a signing. WOW. It was that easy. He is a local author and the book is set in the general area. I welcomed the opportunity to promote his book as well as my store. He provided me with a poster and some flyers to give to my customers. I wasn’t sure how it worked, was I supposed to give him something? Did I have to make sure I had bottled water and green M &M’s? Like I’ve said before, I’m very new at this and didn’t have any idea. David was an excellent guest and didn’t even ask me to provide him a drink let alone separate colors in the M&M’s. I ordered ten copies of his book and sold six during the signing. He signed the remaining copies and I have them displayed in the store.
So far, it was my favorite event. I’ve been to one author signing in my life, an extremely popular author and I had to wait in line to get a ticket so I could wait in line for the signing. It wasn’t as daunting as it sounds. The line moved quickly and the store staff was on top of everything. They were courteous and friendly. It, also, was a great experience. I hope to one day have a line out my door for an author event or perhaps for my own book signing.
At the end of the two hours I had learned a lot about the publishing process he went through and the promotion process. It’s helped me with ideas for my store as well as for my writing. Everything I’ve done in the bookstore has been an opportunity to learn and grow. I embrace it all. Each day a new customer or the friendly face of a repeat customer stocking up for vacation gets me through the long hours and piles of books I go through every day.