Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Signing Day - Here's how it went down...

Last weekend I had my first book signing. Well, that’s what I called it anyway. It was more of a stall at my local markets, but I signed some books, so let’s just call it a signing. There was laughing, and crying (I’ll get to that in a minute), and I had an awesome day.

A few months back I was chatting to a mum at school where my little people go, and she had the wonderful idea that I come along to the local markets and have my books available to sign. I thought this was a wonderful idea, so I chose a month and we went from there.

Creative Berowra is a group of awesome people that promote creativity in my community. They run the local creative markets on the second Sunday of every month, and if you’d like to know more, go and check out the website HERE.

If you hang around my Facebook page you may have seen a pic I posted of some pull-up table banners I had printed for my books. I had so much fun organising my table for the day, and I’m really pleased with how everything looked.


Now, I’m a pretty small fish in the big sea of Indie publishing—think guppy versus whale shark. (I was going to say blue whale, but the whale is not a fish!) So, I didn’t get my hopes up. My advertising for this event was pretty minimal, and I went into it with an open mind and the philosophy that if I sold one book, I’d be happy. Well, I managed to sell thirteen books in the three hours I was there. I know that’s not huge, and most of them were to people I know in some way—it’s a relatively small community—but I was pretty happy with the outcome. I now have more (local) people reading my work. Yay!

Huge thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law, Kylie, for coming and sitting with me. I think I would have gone stir-crazy if I didn’t have someone to talk to when I wasn’t signing one of the thirteen books I sold.

Lastly, I mentioned there was crying. It’s because this happened…


This is the wonderful Lauren from Aussie Owned and Read. She came down from the coast just to see me and buy a copy of Sacrifice. She made me feel so special, and I actually cried when she gave me these…


It’s the little things that mean so much, and it’s all the feels I get when I do things like this that make my Indie journey so worthwhile.

K x

2 comments:

  1. Good on you, Kim! And 13 books in 3 hours is nothing to sneeze at.

    I LOVE your table! It should be used as an example of how to setup an eye-catching display. Wish I could have popped by, too!

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  2. I wish you could have, too! It would be so awesome to meet you in person. Maybe one day when I can afford it I'll come to the US :-)

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