You know when you do something new for the first time ever, and you really want to write about it but your mind keeps whirling in circles because you’re still a little shell-shocked from the entire experience in a totally awesome way?
Yeah, that’s happening to me right now. I must have started this post six times already, but I’m going to power through it and get it out because if I don’t…I’m pretty sure my mind will explode from all the awesome!
Yesterday, I attended my first ever author signing event. It was a lot of things. It was nerve racking, it was incredible, it was fun!
I was so nervous before hand. As I’ve said, I’ve never done anything like this before. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt like I didn’t have a whole lot of stuff, either (because, well…I’ll be honest – I didn’t!). But it was my first time, and I didn’t exactly need all that stuff anyway, and now I know what to get for next time and what to expect.
My husband, Matt, was my private assistant for the day and he did a fantastic job.
Not only did he ease my anxiety with his particular brand of humor…he took photos for me, fetched me coffees and drinks, and managed my table long enough for me to journey up and down the halls and check out other author tables. His support kept me from hiding under my own table in fear. Plus he walked around and got my bag signed by everyone, and that was pretty awesome!
He was so great at being a personal assistant that I even forgave him for falling asleep on the job. 😉
He had a blast too – his ego is thoroughly stroked by the amount of photographers, readers and authors that asked if he was a model, had ever thought about modeling, or told him that he should be a model. I’ve been telling him that for years but apparently when someone you don’t know says it, it makes it more legit. Maybe now I’ll be able to con him into posing for a cover or at least some teasers.
I also got to meet a lot of incredible people – authors, readers, and bloggers alike!
I couldn’t get photos of everyone because my phone was dying, but I still cherish getting to meet and speak to everyone!
I even got to walk around Toronto a little with Matt and Sanzana (usually when I go to Toronto, it’s to one of the hospitals and “touring” doesn’t exactly happen).
We saw a street artist and got to enjoy delicious food. Win/win!
Truthfully…attending big “social” things like this can be pretty scary for me, and while it was a little intimidating – I’m so glad that I went! I got to get my name out there and interact with people in the writing and reading industry in a way that wasn’t just social media. I sold a few books, made a lot of new friends, and had a lot of fun.
I’ll definitely be booking more in the future!