We re-visited several "scenes" from Three Daves, and I wonder---how is it that when I'm so forgetful in my everyday life (seriously, where are my car keys?), I'd somehow recalled all of those places in such vivid detail when recreating them in the story? They were exactly as I'd remembered, right down to the loud and truly horrible punk band in the warehouse-like setting. It was awesome. :)
And it's a good thing the nostalgia was well worth the trip in itself, because the book sales...not so much. The demographic at the golf outing where I'd arranged my signing wasn't what I was expecting, and although we had fun and did what we could to chat people up about the book, at some point I had to accept that they just weren't that into me. But hey, a few people bought copies and everyone went home with a postcard, so more seeds sown, right? And we found more than enough enthusiasm for Three Daves out at the bars later that night and on campus the next morning to make me happy. We'll see where it leads.
A few quick ideas for anyone planning a signing
(Some of these I did, some I wish I'd done):
- If there's an opportunity to get informational postcards to your audience ahead of time, do it.
- Have your book trailer playing on your laptop (thanks for the tip Alison).
- Set up easily visible signage to explain why you and your book are relevant to the event.
- Bring along a fun and encouraging posse. (Thanks guys!)
- Tell me about your event so I can put it on my side-bar!