Last Saturday I had my first bookstore signing! It was a fun learning experience, and I'll always remember the kindness of the store manager, Becky. It was a slow day, so I didn't sell a lot of books. Not that I expected to with it being my first signing.
I do consider it a success. Here's why:
I see a dad push open the doors to leave with his family. He stops, leans down to his young daughter, and says, "Do you want to meet an author?" As I visit with the family, I find out their little girl, Isabelle (or Summer as her dad calls her), is an avid reader and loves to write. This is the reason Isabelle's dad wanted her to come meet me. She's only eight.
They ended up buying two books, one of which I signed for "Summer", per her request. Of course I explained that she needs to wait ten years before she reads it. What struck me is that she asked me what my favorite book was when I was a kid. Only a true reader, especially at such a young age, asks that kind of question.
So, as you can see, it was a very successful day. A young girl got to witness what her love for reading and writing could lead to some day.
Thank you, Isabelle, for being my inspiration!
How do you feel about my encounter with Isabelle? Was it coincidence? Or something just meant to be? And how about her amazing dad who made it a point to make sure she would have this memory? Please post your comment below!