Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Virginia Trip, Part 2: The Reading/Signing

On Sunday, Joan and I were scheduled to read our books in the children's area, then sit from 12:30 - 3:00 and sign copies.  Children were encouraged to where ninja and fairy costumes and there would be snacks and crafts following the event.  I was SUPER EXCITED by the idea of little ninjas enjoying the book.

As it turned out, there weren't a lot of children there and only one fairy.  Not a wee ninja in site. Bah.

I chose this picture - not for the marvelous expression on my face, but because you can see every child there.  For those of you out there who think every author goes on a book tour - this is why we don't.  People just don't come out for them unless you are known.

One boy noticed that I was wearing a Master Zutsu shirt.  (Thanks, Marco!)  So this is more about the art and less about my chest.

Joan read too, but Natalie (our photographer) took Joan's pics on Joan's camera - so I can't post any here.  The little fairy in the audience loved Joan's presentation - as did the other children.  Well, not all of them.  There was a young boy there who didn't give either one of us the time of day.

They had snacks and crafts in the cafe but I was anxious to get down to the signing table.  (Sorry, Joan.  My eagerness cost Joan snacks.)  I worried that we might lose the few customers we had if we didn't get down there pronto.

Here's a good shot of the only fairy - but what a cute fairy she was!!!

For the next 2 hours we:
-directed people to the bathroom
-watched one little girl (who desperately wanted to come check out Joan's Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies) argue with her mother about coming over.  Her mother won.  They did not come over.
-Joan directed someone to the Biography department
-Spoke to my uncle and aunt in-law, Bobby and Edie
-answered a question from a very nervous teenager on how she could be a writer - she was cute!  Joan said she'd been circling around us for awhile.  Can you imagine Joan and I being intimidating?!?!
-and sold about 7-10 books apiece (from strangers.  B&E bought quite a few ninja books.  Thank you!)

It was very nice to have someone to hold down the fort with.  If you're looking for a sweet book for a little fairy lover in your life.  Check out The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies.


Jessica said...

Wow, that Fairy is wearing hot pink heels!

It's too bad you didn't get more kids, but looks like you are having a fun time.
We will keep our eyes peeled for the Fairy book for F.

Julie_c said...

Heels are all the rage in fairy land.

Natalie said...

Aw, even though it was a thin turn-out, you and Joan did a great job. :-)