If you would have told me that my first book signing would be during a blizzard after even the local Air Force Base had closed, I actually would have believed you.
Because otherwise it wouldn’t be life.
Twists and turns, ups and downs – it’s all ok. My husband and I, in an effort to try and get people reading Spireseeker, had been promoting a local book signing for a couple of months now. We dropped off flyers at friendly local small businesses, and spread the word via social media. The morning before the signing it was sunny and over 50 degrees outside. Then my husband asked, “Do you know there is a blizzard expected to hit tomorrow before your signing?” I simply sighed.
Of course it was a disappointment, when we had worked so hard. We knew that now the turnout would be light to none. Then the schools closed, then the base.
But I still knew I needed to be there. Even on the off chance that someone saw the flyer and decided to stop by, I couldn’t risk letting someone down that way. So we packed up the books, the wine, and the kids, and headed to the event.
We were surprised and humbled by the friends and family who braved the roads to stop by and say hello, some picking up a copy of the book. My brother and sister-in law, nephew, aunt, and uncle were there. Three colleagues and a friend’s mom came by to spend time with us. The staff of the host store (Life in Letters Gallery) graciously picked up some copies. And the local mayor even stopped by to get a signed book for his wife. I am truly grateful for such supportive friends and family. Without them, I would have stood for three hours in the blizzard probably not feeling so great. So thanks to those of you who were there for, instead, giving me a wonderful memory of a lovely evening. Even carrying the unopened boxes of books back to the car couldn’t mar the feelings of warmth and friendship.
My husband and I have received several regrets from people today, saying they intended to stop in and purchase a book, but the weather kept them away. Fear not – the book can still be yours! We don’t have plans for another signing right now, but you can still get a signed copy (or a paperback or e-book) anytime. We love the book, and think it would make a great holiday gift. And there is no shipping charge (in the U.S.) for hardcovers purchased from Spireseeker.com.
No blizzard is going to stop me from writing, in fact I hope that I’ve only just begun this adventure.
If you’d like to help us along, please consider:
- Picking up an e-book or paperback (or a few) on Amazon.com
- Buying a signed hardcover (or even a limited edition hardcover) on Spireseeker.com
- Write a review. If you like the book, help us spread the word. Write reviews on Amazon.com or Goodreads.com – or anywhere else that suits you.
- Tell your friends! So far, our best success has been people who have read the book enjoying it and coming back for more copies. So if you read it and you liked it, please let other people know.
- Consider giving copies of Spireseeker as gifts: We think the book would make a great gift, either for the holidays, for winter birthdays, or just because!
I appreciate your continued support for my artistic endeavors, and I promise the next book will be even better. I’m really very excited about it.
The Earth is great and powerful, as are its blizzards. But I know in my heart that the power of creativity is just as great, and will continue to burn long after the ice crystals melt.
07 December 2013