Book Signing – Pros and Cons
I’m totally new at this book publishing stuff.
When doors open I wheel through them.
When His Majesty in Brokenness first came out, my friend Ginny said, “Let’s do a book signing at the Grant Pass First Friday Nite in September.” Not wanting to pitch my tent on the curb, I was grateful when she offered her son’s Glass Forge store two blocks from the center of downtown.
As David and I drove to my first book signing, we agreed that I’d probably sell one book. Imagine our surprise and delight when we sold 28.
My book signing/celebration in Kristin Day’s Portola Valley house in December was well attended and 35 books moved from my cardboard box to friends’ hands and hearts.
Thursday of last week, Patty Cullen, a fellow student in a Life Stories writing class, hosted a book signing for me in her Konditorei coffee shop in the town where David and I raised our family. The hugs and congratulations were coupled with the purchase of 33 copies of His Majesty in Brokenness.
I think I like these book signing events was my conclusion until Pat Sikora, who did much of my content edit, gave me the scoop: “Many authors don’t do book signings anymore, Judy, since the average attendance is often three people, relatives included.”
Sometimes it’s better not to have done your research – my naiveté paid off this time. And it sure has been fun sharing the limelight with His Majesty. Thanks one and all for your support and cheers!
But what’s the take away, Coach Naphy asks her Ma before posting this blog update? Proverbs 3:5-6 was dancing around in my mind all week – Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
Peace of mind comes when we entrust the outcome of events to His Majesty’s good keeping. What can we release to Him this week?
What a relief to let go and let God of the universe direct our paths.
Here are some photos from my last book signing event at the Konditorei coffee shop in Portola Valley, CA:
Thank you ALL who came and made it special!
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JUDY SQUIER has authored His Majesty in Brokenness, Living in the Names of God and the Living in the Names Bible Study. Husband David and she have three adult daughters, three sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. Never did Mr. and Mrs. Squier dream that their long-awaited golden wedding anniversary would coincide with David’s memorial service. Judy resides in southern Oregon, alone, yet not alone. Thanks to the Good Shepherd!