Today's post is a regular one that you see the first Wednesday of each month. It's part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group founded by Alex Cavanaugh. If you'd like to find out more about joining, click HERE to visit Alex's blog. He's the author of Cassa Star and Cassa Fire as well as being a super-nice blogger. You can inspire and support all the writers by visiting them from the linky list HERE.
I had my second booksigning experience. If you've been following my blog, you read a post HERE about my first one in December of 2012.The December booksigning was in my hometown. I thought that my friends would come out to support me. And they did.
I didn't worry as much about people showing up to the second one. It wasn't because I thought readers would line up for it. I'm not delusional. The second signing occurred at a special bookstore, That Bookstore in Blytheville (TBIB).
Grant Hill and Cheryl Johnson
The bookstore is a small, independent one that is known statewide for its support of authors. John Grisham was an unknown author with his first novel when TBIB hosted a signing for him. Other authors they've hosted include: John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Pat Conroy, President Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton.
Grant Hill, a new owner, was everything you want from a bookstore owner. He was friendly, funny, and warm. He's the type you feel you'd like to call your friend. For crying out loud, the man keeps his rescued dog, Jazz, inside the store. He told funny stories and made me feel welcome. He said he needed a picture with me for the day when I hit the bestseller lists. <3
Cheryl Johnson is the YA book guru. I met her a couple of years ago in the store and knew I liked her. She loves YA, so I get her. I enjoyed hearing about her favorites. I also commend her for getting local teens interested in young adult fiction. She arranged my two school visits and accompanied me for the afternoon. Kudos to Cheryl.
TBIB has a tradition of having the visiting author autograph one of their wooden chairs. I boldly signed my name beside Charlaine Harris (author of the Sookie Stackhouse books on which True Blood is based). It's also the same chair that John Grisham signed.
So, now you are wondering why I've posted this event under the Support Group heading. I know all that stuff above makes me sound so lucky. Why would I need your support?
I worry about being as good as the authors I read. The self-doubt creeps in and WHAM...I wonder if I'm pretending I can do this. I think it's too hard and too risky and too subjective.
Of course, I also used to worry that I'd never get published.
So, today I'm here to encourage you. Focus on your accomplishments. Know you are taking the same baby steps that someone else had to take. Keep the faith.