By Piper Huguley
My good friend, Vanessa Riley, invited me to participate in a self-publishing panel at her church a few weeks ago. Before and after the panel, she explained, would be a book signing, where I could sell copies of my book.
Wonderful! I’m an old pro at this now since I messed up in May down in New Orleans. There, my roommate and I had no candy and only bookmarks to give away. In New Orleans, I had a little pink school supplies box to take business cards for my e-mail list. I would be ready this time.
After a long busy day of meetings at work, I came back to my office certain that I was ready to go to the signing.
Then, I realized I had no table covering. Things were at a hotel in New Orleans last time, so I didn’t have to worry about table coverings. Now I did. Well, a student had given me one of those Walgreen’s blankets as an end of term kiss-up gift. I could take that… better than a naked table….
I had candy. But no vessel for the candy to go in. Thankfully, earlier in the day, a summer student had given me a bag full of goodies encased in a “Thank You” glass with lots of festive strips of blue paper spilling out. Surely I could do something with that.
Still, I forgot the pink school supply box! I had no way to collect e-mails, probably the biggest oops of all. Those e-mail lists matter. Ouch. No problem! Harlequin had provided sticky note pad swag at RWA. I could use that!
So the sum total? I’m getting better at some things, and worse at others.
I’m going to be ready, whatever happens, for the Decatur Book Festival! I hope!
Any suggestions as to what I should bring to the Decatur Book Festival? I’ll be at the Georgia Romance Writer’s Pavilion stage from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. talking about #wereaddiversebooks with the awesome crew: Alicia McCalla, Seressia Glass, Vanessa Riley and Lauren H. Kelly. I’ll be signing books before and after the panel and again on Sunday!
The Lawyer’s Luck is now available in Kindle e-book, Nook, Kobo and iTunes. Print copies are available on Amazon. The Preacher’s Promise is now available on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. Print copies are available on Amazon.
Book one in Piper Huguley’s new 19th century historical series, The Preacher’s Promise, in the “Home to Milford College” series was published in July 2014. She is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and is a Golden Heart finalist in 2014. Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013.
She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.
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