Have you ever gone out of your way to meet an author in person? Do you keep an eye out for events that might include either authors you enjoy reading, or new-to-you authors?
I once had the opportunity to say hello to Karen Witemeyer at a book signing a few years back. I’d spoken to her a couple of times through Facebook, but it was a whole different thing to go there, chat about her newest book, and then come home with a paperback copy of A Worthy Pursuit signed by her (an excellent book, by the way).
Karen was incredibly kind and took the time to speak to everyone who came in.
If you have attended an author meet-and-greet or a book signing, what about it made the event especially welcoming? Or, if it wasn’t a particularly enjoyable experience, why is that?
I ask because I’m going to be signing books at our local bookstore in a couple of weeks. I want to set up my table and be as welcoming as possible to potential readers who are going to take time out of their busy lives to come by and say hello. I’ll have a variety of books for sale, free bookmarks and magnets, and candy. Because who doesn’t love candy?
All I can say is that I’m looking forward to connecting with readers and visiting with them in person, an opportunity that doesn’t come around often enough.
If you happen to be in the Boerne or San Antonio area on May 8th, I’d love to see you there!