Had my very 1st book signing yesterday at Prospero’s! I only sold 4 books, but what a learning experience!
I got a lot of practice talking about & pitching the book. Unfortunately, it was after the guy from 88.5 stuck a microphone with a tape recorder in my face. Asking the vampire novelist about the upcoming civil war festivities in town was probably not the best idea for a good sound byte, but there was nothing else going on that early in the afternoon.
Sadly, I can’t think that fast on my feet. Even when I’m sitting down. =) Pretty sure that my unrehearsed babble is not going to make it on the air (I didn’t even remember to mention the NAME of my book! *sigh*), but it reinforced the need for a pre-prepared talking points.
Hubby stayed with me the whole time, so during the many lulls he asked me lots of questions. Hopefully the next time I get interviewed with no notice I won’t sound like a complete idiot! Although to be fair to myself, it could have been much worse. At least I remembered to mention my website this time.
I now have a much better idea of what to do & to expect for future signings. Going to try & get to a lot of conventions this year, I think I’d be a lot more successful in that sort of venue.
Me - Kate Nevermore - in front of Prospero's Books
Congrats to Camelia Rotaru & Kathleen Bradley, the winners of my free autographed book giveaway on Goodreads! There were over 1000 entries!
Also, for those who missed it, you can watch me on Jellyvision at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15720465 I thought it went pretty well, even though I was SO nervous!
My next public appearance will be this Monday, July 4, from 1-5pm at Prospero’s in downtown Manassas. Please come visit my table!
Tomorrow is my very first book reading & signing! Don’t forget to tune in at 7pm for the Jellyvision live internet talk show!
I’m excited, nervous & probably not as prepared as I’d like to be. Tomorrow morning I have to get a bunch of ones from the bank to make change. I also still need a decent ultra-fine Sharpie for signing (publisher recommends this.) And at some point, I have to practice reading out loud to adults. I’ve yet to have time w/o kids around, so I apologize now if my reading makes you feel 3 years old!
And in other news, my publisher STILL has not finished upgrading their sales reporting system, so I have NO IDEA how many books have sold so far! SOOO frustrated with them!
“Blood for the Living” has another review! Please check out the blog Taliesin Meets The Vampires for my first international review!
I’m counting down the days until my first live talk show appearance – just 9 left to go! I still have no idea what passage I want to read. I love the scene between Mathius & Alice on the roof, but it doesn’t showcase either the vampire or the scifi aspects, just the romance. I also love the scene with Xander & the juniors when the find the secret door, but it’s probably a little too out of context. If I can’t make up my mind soon, I’m going to default to the beginning, which is realistically the best place to start a story anyway.
Have you checked out the new Kindle phone app? You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle ebooks anymore!
So now you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook copy of “Blood for the Living”!
If you use twitter and would like to follow me there, please find me at: https://twitter.com/#!/kate_nevermore
Also, I now have a page on Fresh Fiction! http://freshfiction.com/book.php?id=47172
And don’t forget to check out Kindleboards!
In other news, I am anxiously awaiting my promo materials, which are supposed to arrive some time today. I’m considering using the promo picture to make up graphic T-shirts to sell & give away, but I want to have a funny saying of some kind on them, and I can’t think of anything. If you have an idea, please email me!!
Wow, just got an email rejection letter from a publishing house that I think my first agent submitted me to about 3 years ago! I had the pleasure of responding that I had signed with another publisher about 6 months ago. They did say my writing was “smooth & strong,” so that was nice. Wonder if I should put that on my reviews page, LOL!
In other news, I’m looking into getting T-shirts made. Seems like a good way to advertise!
I finally received the final proofs for the promo poster & the top of the display case. I think they came out pretty neat looking! Should arrive in about a week.