Friday, September 19, 2014

A Serious Question

Tomorrow, I shall be participating in my first-ever author event. As, you know, an author.

It's a book fair at the public library.

Public. As in "open to."



That's right. Tomorrow, I shall be sitting at a table in the public library with copies of my novel to sell and bookmarks to give away—an idea which terrifies me.

But I'm going to do it anyway.

Unless I contract the Bubonic Plague before then.

Which probably won't happen.

Right?

Right.

So, in case I don't contract the Bubonic Plague, I have a question to ask of you wise, more-experienced authors...

What does one wear to a book fair when one will be sitting at a table selling copies of their novel and giving away bookmarks? (provided, of course, anyone wants one.)

I'm guessing my "I can kill you with my brain" tee shirt is out. As is my new "LEAVE ME ALONE" shirt—a gift from my sister and niece (they thought I could wear it to work. Which I will.). That pretty much leaves my selection of Harry Potter, Zelda, Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, Sherlock, Veronica Mars, and Game of Thrones tees.

Or what about one of my Care Bears, My Little Pony, Schoolhouse Rock, or Sesame Street tees.

Pause.

I am such a geek.

I also have some Red Sox or Patriots tees. My Tom Brady jersey? Or perhaps an oversized Big Papi jersey?

I don't know—what do you think? Should I perhaps go shopping for something that doesn't have a cartoon character on it?

While you're mulling over that question, let me pose another one:

Say a person approaches the table at which I am sitting with my novels and my bookmarks and asks a question or otherwise expresses interest. Is diving under the table and hiding until they go away an acceptable response?

Please say yes.

On that note, I'm out of here. I get to go to my day job on my day off.

I am so very lucky.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend, all.

Oh, and if anyone out there would like an fancy Effigy bookmark of their very own, email me your address, and I'll send one out to you. (U.S. only, please)



45 comments:

  1. I'd suggest some kind of camouflage, like a shirt that looks like a bookshelf, so you blend into the background and no one notices you. At least that's what I'd go for.

    But those t-shirts sound fine - people will see a kindred spirit and think, oh, if she likes Harry Potter, her book's got to be good.

    Also, if your nerves get to you, know you deserve to be there. You've written a novel. And anyone with a Schoolhouse Rock t-shirt definitely rocks. :-)

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    1. Camouflage...I never thought of that. That could work.

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  2. Have an incredible time...don't you have the dress to match the character on the cover you can wear? ;)

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    1. Sadly, I do not. I'd really love one, though.

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  3. I think you'd look great in something orange and blue. Ooh, with a white Bronco on the front. Maybe the number eighteen on the back? It would really shout out to all those readers how much taste you have and how much they'd enjoy your novel. :D

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    1. I thought for sure you'd say number 83.

      But either way...that's not going to happen.

      Thank you for the suggestion, though. =)

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  4. I doubt the "leave me alone" shirt is the right message you want to send at this book selling event. I say shout out loud and proud you are an author and have something they want to see.

    Of course, I totally get the sarcasm here. I know you did well at this event. You're awesome MJ.

    BTW: I'm commenting under a new blog name, testing it out. I used to be Donna Hole, if you recognize name now that you are famous and all . . .

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    1. Me? Famous?

      Insert hysterical laughter here.

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  5. I'm with you on wanting to dive under the table and hide part. But you will not do that! You will do a great job - it's talking about your book, your story, your people and you love that. Remember? We're writers, and we love to do that. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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    1. I do love my book. Talking about it, however...not so much.

      I probably won't dive under the table. It'll be more like a slow slink.

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  6. I'm sure I would wind up under the table at least once! Good luck! That sounds so exciting.

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    1. It sounded more exciting when it wasn't less than 24 hours away.

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  7. You could create your own screen tee before the event that reads, "Will write for sharp weapons...or chocolate."

    Are you going to be signing with a purple pen?

    Best of luck with the interactions. The two things I heard the most were: "What's your book about?" and "Tell me about your book." They said these things even while holding the book and looking at the blurb. You might experience the same thing. :)

    If you're interested, I did write about my experience. It may or may not be useful information.

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    1. Wait...I have to sign books?

      I better practice spelling my name correctly.

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  8. I think "I Can Kill You With My Brain" makes a great statement and is probably one that would get comments. I'd go for that.

    As far as the thing goes, be prepared to have people talk to you and act all interested and not buy anything.

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    1. I do get a lot of comments when I wear that shirt around town. Strange looks, too, but I get those even when I don't wear that shirt.

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  9. Good luck! I think I would want to hide under the table as well.

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  10. Way to go with your author event!!! Wear what you feel comfortable in and just go with it! If you feel like "dress-up" armor will help, then do that, but if a tee and jeans is good for you, then wear it! And, don't crawl under the table. Talk to other authors there (that will help), and smile a lot. You'll do great!!! Best wishes!

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    1. 98% of my wardrobe is jeans and geek t-shirts. I just felt like I needed something nicer for a public event. I mean, it's the North Country and we tend to be pretty laid-back, but still.

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  11. Oh, and I second Andrew's comment - be prepared for the conversationalists. At my book signing in June, the person who talked to me the longest didn't buy my book. And then, a few people who seemed to ignore me completely snagged a book, walked up to the bookstore counter and bought it, then came back for a super fast signing and ran off before I could say much of anything. Readers can be just as scared of authors as authors are of readers.

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    1. I'm not expecting to sell a lot of books. But talking about the book...I'm just so bad at it. I'll be interested to see how it goes.

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  12. I'm not envious of you at all, well, sorta cuz you're three steps ahead of me, but I'm sure you'll be fine and come out of it with funny stories to share. I'm gonna vote for the brain shirt, because it's interesting. And an interesting shirt will bring people to your table and hopefully sales. But a medieval style dress might do that too.

    Good luck!

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    1. Two votes for the brain t-shirt. Excellent!

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  13. LOL, take it easy, it will be fine!

    Good luck!

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  14. Just wear something you're comfortable in. I'm sure you'll do great and won't have to hide under the table at all.

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    1. I'm comfortable in my pajamas. Maybe I could wear those...

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  15. It will be so awesome!!!!! I say Harry Potter T-shirt for drawing them to you . . . but yeah, I'd like to hide instead lol

    Have fun and good luck! :D

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  16. How scary! But exciting! But also very scary. If you really want the plague, I think there might still be some cases in India.

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  17. Your niece could loan you some athletic tee shirts.

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  18. How scary and exciting. I would not recommend diving under the table. It just draws more attention and do you really want that?

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  19. Smile and make eye contact. Say something nice but noncommittal to those that approach. Like, "Nice day," or "I like your purse." Let them ask about your book. Answer.

    As for clothing, let your book guide you. Which of your tees seems like the kind of thing a fan of your book would like? So, Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Game of Thrones should work. Now that I think about it, Veronica Mars might be apropos too.

    Then again, perhaps something you'd wear to a faire along with one of your swords...

    Nah, perhaps shopping is a good idea.

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  20. I can SO relate to this. I've been there, done that, several times now and it doesn't get any easier. I hope it went well! I will say it's much easier to sit there behind a table than to get in front of a room and speak. I was asked to participate in family night at a library, which I THOUGHT meant sitting behind a table. Instead it meant standing in front of a room full of people. It was exhilarating, but I would NOT want to do that again!

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  21. I hope your event was awesome and that you wore the perfect shirt!

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  22. I hope your first public appearance went well. I know you killed it.

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  23. Have fun at your first book signing. I'm sure you will wear the perfect outfit to celebrate this milestone. Best wishes.

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  24. I hope you had a great time! I'm jealous of all your geeky shirts. Wearing something a little humorous would give people something to talk about if they're unsure what else to say.

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  25. I've never done a book signing...sitting behind a table thingy...so, I have very little ideas on the subject of what to wear. It wasn't something I thought about till you mentioned it. Now I am pondering it to.

    I'd almost say go with My Little Pony, because who wouldn't want to come over to the lady wearing adorable ponies on her shirt. That speaks warmth and friendliness. Were it me though, I'd likely go with something more assassin-y to keep them at bag. Chain mail and a broad sword come to mind. Do you own a cross bow?

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  26. how'd it go??? i'm dying to find out!
    i hope you found something comfy to wear and didn't freak out, because i know people asked you about your beautiful book!
    do tell!!

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  27. Have I been here in a while? I forget. I've been in the midst of one of periodic disappearances from the internet. Regardless, congrats on all the book related stuff. And the Effigy cover looks gorgeous. You made the right choice with whoever you went with.

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  28. Authors should always wear cartoon Tees. I think there's a rule about that. Hope the event was a smashing success!

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