Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Booksignings can be fun?

With a book or two coming out soon, I sometimes think of--and dread mightily--upcoming book signings. The thought of sitting like a pariah in a bookstore cubbyhole as people hide their eyes as they scuttle by sends shivers up my spine. But is there a rule that says book signing events can't be fun?

Friends Melody Groves and Ron Perea say "no."

We took this shot of them Friday in Old Town, Albuquerque. When Melody isn't slinging a gun in her role as gunfighter, she writes wonderful western novels and western non-fiction about rodeos and bars and no telling what else. Ron is the quiet, shy type. NOT! He can hear a camera click from 100 yards away and still make it into the picture. He's a stand up comic, author of Smiles, Giggles, and Laughs, and is deeply involved in play productions. Combined, these two authors prove book signings don't have to be dreaded events.

Whew! Good to know.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Keith,

    I did 2 book signings in Kelowna May 8th and 9th. Sure there are periods where you find yourself wondering not too far from your table because to sit still seems unbearable. But then along comes an eager reader and you're suddenly transformed to a magical and inspiring place. It's that place all writers recognize: that heavenly place of sheer joy where you talk books, your book, or just answer questions from someone who is genuinely fascinated by what you do.

    It can be a wonderful and fun experience.