My novel On Wings of the Morning has been out for two months now, and in the past couple of weeks I have started doing book signings. The venues for some were unconventional, shall we say.
The first “public” signing I did was the the Winter Festival at the Tacketts Ridge Shopping Center. It was the first of what I hope will be many arts festivals at the site. I meet a number of nice and interesting people and sold a few books.
Next, I had two signings at my neighborhood Staples. Yes, that’s right. Karen Douglas, who is the manager extraordinaire of the store, encourages vendors to come in and set up shop…as often and as many times as they wish. I am so grateful to Karen and her staff for their kindness and flexibility.
Then, today, I had a two-hour signing at Rice’s Hardware in Manassas and had a ball. Rice’s is my favorite store and I’ve been going to them for 45 years. Owned and operated by the Rice brothers Steve, Chase and Jamie, the store features incredible service and a knowledgeable and personable staff, including Pattie, with whom I have set up a kind of book club.
And so, writers, it’s not just about bookstores anymore. As you think about your venues for signings, try asking local owners You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the response. And watch out as you make your habitual rounds of familiar places. You just might run across a writer!