December 8 – First “Official” Book Signing Engagement.
They say it takes your friends to keep you going…well this is one of the friends that kept me going every time the regular day job became too much for me, and when I wanted – no, make that needed, to escape to my own writing. Dr. Doug Kempton, of Kempton Chiropractic, was the guy who made it possible for me to stay at my computer hours on end, just to see the completion of a dream in progress…Yesterday’s Love.
His wonderful wife, Esther, first enjoyed the rough draft [but only got a partial portion of it for review] and she was one of the local people [aside from my several friends at PiP] that kept after me to finish, finish, finish. When it was finally submitted and accepted for publication, her next query was, “when, when, when?”
Once the book was in my hand, she placed a very large order for several of her staff and friends, who came to the signing for a personally autographed copy!
Having friends from both near and far by my side, the book signing was a wonderful success. Louise, our own Bridget Shenachie, proved to be invaluable help in offering to take orders and keeping names straight for me. Friends came up from Houston, just to share in the smiles for the day. They, too, had previewed the book before it went out the door…and were as adamant as our PiP friends…it would work!
Dr. Doug and his wife, Esther, took advantage of a local media push for Christmas, and Santa hid his stash of cash at Kempton Chiropractic. Rich Alexander interviewed Dr. Kempton and myself, as well as staff and guests, over the three hour broadcast. Clients who came in to guess the amount of the cash stayed and enjoyed the wine, cheese and crackers. Some even took home a book or two with them! The Good Times Oldies radio folk – well, they had a good ol’ time, themselves!
I have to admit, though, that I was most singularly pleased when it became apparent to us that everyone came to the party. For those of you who have read the book, or are in the process of reading the book, it’s easy enough for you to imagine just who is in the photo below!
What, you see them, too? I thought you would. They look very happy, don’t they?
I’m smiling here. I’ve also run out of space to insert those smiling icons. It was a very good day, Thursday. Friday was just as great as I took in some more orders via email, and regular snail mail, too! I even heard from my brother, who is selling books for me at the nursing home he is visiting for a while. PiP poets have been so wonderful, and I thank you so much for your orders.
Now’s a good time to thank Nan, too! She has been diligently working on my website, and the PayPal link is operating perfectly! She even got me to work up a bio [and I think I told her I’m not old enough to have one, yet…] and she will soon be adding a few of my poems to the site. I guess now is as good a time to ask her, “what else do you want to add, Nan?”
Yea, now I’m grinning. You see, I took off Thursday for the signing, Friday for the fun of it…and I’m taking off this coming Monday, too. It’s about 6:42 a.m. as I finish this up for submission to the site, and after that?
I’m going to get back to the sequel! I can hear someone groaning out there. My God…shouldn’t she just take a break?
Well, yes, I probably should, Cora…but you see? Those who have read the book…well, they want to know when the next one is coming out…
and we don’t want to let anyone down,
now do we?
Aha. I see the rocker moving. [Insert supergrin here…]
Thanks, my friends, for checking in. Hugs,