Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gearin' Up

The fabulous J.K. Rowling signing books for her fans.

A given for any published author out there is the dreaded book signing. It's expected, right? Kind of like a singer/songwriter with smash hits--you're expected to go on tour, let people see your face, show 'em what you're really all about.  They have a face and a real life personality to go with the song (or in a writer's case, the book), and they're (hopefully) fans forever.

At least, that's what we hope.

For those of you who are not writers out there, you may be wondering: why dread a book signing? Don't you want to promote yourself? Get your product out there in the open? Win people's permanent loyalty? Yes, you betcha, and that would be super! But it is MEGA-scary, sitting at a table, hoping someone--anyone!--will stop and say, "Hi." Or maybe walk that extra mile and ask, "So, what's your book about?"

On August 4, the premiere of the 2012 Boney Bunch Collection, I will be signing paperback copies of BETROTHED at our local Yankee Candle store from 2-4 PM. Now, if you're not familiar with the Boney Bunch, it's a group of collectible candle holders (votives, tapers, big and little jars, tea lights, etc.) that come out every year for Halloween. Yes, it is big, big deal if you're a Yankee Candle lover like me and The Hubby. 

2011 Boney Bunch Collection (partial) by Yankee Candle

But, Alyssia, isn't a candle store, regardless of its cool promotions and to-die-for scents, a strange place to have a book signing?  Maybe!  But here's why I chose it:

1.) I love Yankee Candles.
2.) The store owner, Sandy, is one of the nicest ladies on the planet, and she's eager to promote local talent.
3.) The store itself is wedged between a chocolate shop and someplace a lot less important  (chocolate and candles, hello! there are other stores??) at our Louisiana Boardwalk, a string of outlets located on our Red River. It is THE hangout in these parts.
4.) I've gotta start somewhere, right?

I've ordered 50 books, which I am certain will prove to be way too many.  Some of those "Signed by the Author" stickers.  And I'm even looking at getting a new dress for the occasion.  Maybe something a little historical meets steampunk meets modern twist?  I know, I know.  But it's been a while since I've had reason to wear something new and funky.

Really lovin' this, although I'd have to find something
to where over AND under it.

Armed with the cool promo items The Hubby made for me--bookmarks (with real tassels!), notecards, posters, etc.--I should be good to go for my very first signing.

So, if you're in the neighborhood, stop by! Here's the details once more:

Who: Yours Truly (Alyssia Kirkhart, Author of Historical Romance and Young Adult Fiction)
What: Signing paperback copies of my debut novel BETROTHED
Where: Yankee Candle, Louisiana Boardwalk, 540 Boardwalk Blvd, Bossier City, LA
When: Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 2-4 PM

If any minor details change (like the time), I will post it here.

Thanks for reading and for your continuing support, folks! Have a fab Sunday and an even more fab week. :)

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,

P.S. If you live far, far away and would like a signed copy of BETROTHED, click here to order.


Bonnie Rae said...

Congrats love! I am so proud of you!!

Andrew Leon said...

I'd come by if I could.

Lynn Proctor said...

congrats--hope it goes well!

David P. King said...

That is awesome. Have a great signing. :)

Suko said...

Best of luck with your book signing. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I love the dress!You'll be in character.

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