The second week of November was a week of firsts for me as an author:
- My first opportunity to meet with a book club (who had all read my book!)
- My first author signing event
- My first piece of fan mail (okay fan email) from a total (well, near-total) stranger
The book club invitation came from a former co-worker. I thought it would be fun, but it turned out even better than I expected. It turns out that there’s something really gratifying about people liking your book enough to want to know how you came up with the idea and wondering about all kinds of details you wove in.
They also invited me to read. After a short discussion, we settled on the first scene from The Demon’s in the Details, the second book in the series, which comes out in January. They must have liked it, because they invited me to come back once it’s out.
The next day, I attended my first author signing event. A little town about twenty miles south of where I live holds a Christmas Festival each year, including a parade and lots of vendors. The historical society arranges a signing event for local authors–first come, first served. As soon as I saw the notice on Facebook, I hopped right on it.
I didn’t sell a lot of books, because I timed things poorly and was essentially out of books to sell, but I did generate a lot of traffic. I think about a dozen friends came through to wish me well. Some had me sign copies they’d bought.
Afterwards, an author who was coming on for the next shift let me know that one of our local libraries is very open to hosting author signing events. Once I have a second book, I plan to pursue that.
The fan mail came from a woman who won a copy of The Demon Always Wins from the blog tour giveaway I did when it was released. She lives in Florida and the book is set in Florida. She wrote to say she’d enjoyed it and was amused by one of the lines from the book, from the demon Belial, who does not enjoy Florida. He says, “Hell might be hot, but at least it was a dry heat.”
In other news, book two of the series, The Demon’s in the Details, went to the proofreader this weekend. Now I just have to acquire a Mac, buy Vellum software and learn how to format a book and it will be ready to go.
There’s such a thing as too many firsts.