I think all of my preparations are done, in fact, most of my presents are already underneath the tree. All I have left to do is to fill the stockings. . . and about fifteen other things, like decide what to have for Christmas dinner! The Christmas Eve menu (our traditional potato soup) is all set to go--I even posted the recipe on my blog yesterday--but Christmas dinner has to be something easy because I have to work that night. I'm thinking something with biscuits or crescent rolls because that way Sam will have something he likes, but the entree remains a mystery.
This will be my last post here on Casablanca Authors before Fugitive's launch party on January 4th. I still haven't received my author's copies of the book, but I did get the new bookmarks Danielle had made in honor of my first ever booksignings in my local bookstores. The first will be January 2nd at the Bloomington, IN Borders from 1-3 pm and the second will be January 16th at the Bloomington Barnes & Noble from 2-4 pm.
I don't mind telling you how nervous I am about this. I have visions of sitting there all alone while droves of post-holiday shoppers completely ignore me. I've thought that perhaps leaving a trail of truffles leading to my table might help, but it's just as likely that they'll only be smashed underfoot while everyone stampedes past me to purchase the latest bestsellers with the gift cards they got for Christmas. Barnes & Noble promised me posters, but the Borders manager told me to "self-promote" which is something I'm really rotten at.
I did as he asked, however, and emailed the local newspaper, telling them about the new release. So far, I have heard nothing from them whatsoever. Not being a pushy person, I doubt if I'll try to contact them again. Well, maybe I will. Who knows how gutsy I might get in the next week or so.
Having read a couple of terrific reviews of Fugitive hasn't hurt my confidence any. The first is on Whipped Cream Reviews, where it got five cherries! And the second, Veiled Secrets gave it five silver dragons. One other reviewer liked it a lot, but was hoping she'd find out who the ultimate bad guy was in this book. LOL! She'll have to wait for Hero for that. After all, I couldn't very well let the cat out of the bag before the end of the series, now, could I?
Anyway, what I'd like to know is if any of you have some tried and true booksigning tricks up your sleeve that you'd be willing to share. And you readers, too: have you ever bought a book at such an event, and if so, what drew you to the table? Was it a long line of people waiting impatiently for their copy (not likely in my case!), or was it the promise of free candy and bookmarks? Suggestions? Comments? Please????