The pandemic shut down so many activities, but now those of us who’ve gotten our vaccinations are slowly returning to what we used to think of as ‘normal.” One of those normal events is Book Signings. In getting ready for yesterday’s post on my personal blog about my upcoming book signing in Fort Worth, I searched through a ton of pics on my phone and computer. I was surprised to see how many pics I had for the 15 to 20 book signings I’ve participated in over the years, including this one with my first published book.
Sometimes they were with other authors. Like this one at the Globe Life Park where the Texas Rangers play baseball. These are easier to pull off because you’re not the only one asking folks to attend and setting everything up is usually done by some organizing group.
But lots of times, it’s just me, and I’ve contacted people, and I do the PR for the event. These are more difficult. It’s like I’m shouting, “Here I am. I’m here. I’m important. I can make your life better.” (if only for a moment.)
Years, and years ago, I ran for a seat on the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education—an un-paid position. That first campaign took almost $17 K of our personal money, topped off by other monies that I had to ask people to contribute. Talk about a tough cold call! Really, really hard for me to ask people to give money for my campaign. But of course, that’s how it’s done. Some of you may be surprised at the cost of a local school board campaign. But the district I ultimately was elected to represent had over 77 thousand people in it, way larger than many small towns and communities. At the time, the district had 77 thousand students.
The point of all this is to say you have to have confidence in yourself or your product. As a school board candidate the product was me. I did believe I could make a difference on the board, and people have told me I did. As authors our product is us and our books. But if we don’t believe our books (ourselves) are worth sharing, why should anyone else consider investing in us and our books?
Let’s take it a step farther. I believe we all have something to give to the world. Maybe it’s a little something, maybe it’s a big something or falls somewhere in between. But only we can do that job. No one else sees the world exactly the way we do. Sharing our perspective is important. Listening to other’s perspective is also important. It’s how we grow.
I can only wish that we all had the self-confidence of my then three-year old granddaughter who burst into her mother’s new Pilates’s Studio with her arms thrown wide and these words: “I’m here!”
Wouldn’t it be great if we all had her confidence? The world really needs us to be here, to make a difference.
How involved in your world are you? Do you serve on committees or boards for your job, PTA, your church, synagogue, maybe your neighborhood association? Do you have the confidence of my granddaughter? I know everyone juggles a lot of responsibilities, and we do different things in different times in our lives. Please stop by and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.
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Excellent post! Good luck with the signing. 🙂
Hey, Joanne. Thanks so much. I’m trying not to freak that no one will come. At least there should at least be bookstore patrons there. Fingers crossed. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂
Have fun with the signing. I love doing them and meeting people.
Hey, Vicki. Yes, I enjoy them, too. I’m really struggling to get the reading to 10 minutes. At this point, I’m at a smidge over 12 min. Will see if there’s anything else to cut, but this may be it. If you cut stuff, then you have to explain what’s missing and that can take as long as the books words. Looks like the rain will hold off until evening. I’m happy about that. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Can’t for my first post-covid signing! I’m going to be in Trumbull, CT for RomantiCon. Ready to meet and greet and chat with readers again! Hope your is a great success!
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Hey, Darlene. That sounds so fun. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
I love the confidence of your grandaughter and hope she keeps it. She sounds wonderful. I’ve never tried to run for public office but I’ve had the courage (or stupidity) to stand up (or write letters) to or for anyone I’ve felt wasn’t being fair. For myself of course but usually I also knew that whatever it was about affected a lot more people than just me.
I also know people who do become school trustees and politicians put a lot of work into in order to be successful. And when you think about it it’s amazing the people who are willing to do this because rarely is a politician universally loved, although given time they can be universally scorned.
The book reading sounds like a lot more fun! I suspect you’ll ace it.
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Hey, Pat. You don’t have to be an elected official to stand up for what’s right. Good job, you. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Real Book Signings are much better than online book tours. Good luck with your book signing. Bev
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Hey, Bev. Thanks for you good wishes. It turned out to be really fun. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂