My last comments were about a book signing I had at a local library a couple of weeks ago. It was a bad experience, disappointing to say the least. It was the second time to try one there. Same results. I must be a slow learner.
Saturday I had another book signing at a different library, the Derby Public Library with an informal talk and Q&A session. Couldn't have been better. Preparation was the key. They mad big posters showing the cover of the book, Treasure of the Anasazi, a short blurb about it, and my mug shot. At the desk they handed out bookmarks with the same info. It was placed on the local newspapers facebook page. For some reason neither of the local papers placed a notice in the newspaper, regardless of multiple requests. Even so, there was a good turnout, but better than I have ever had before and almost everyone bought both the 1st and 2nd books in the Jack Trader series. I was overjoyed and shocked at the same time.
Kristy Norman, the Public Support Services Coordinator, was terrific. She set me up in a meeting room with an audio/visual setup so we could show the 2nd book's trailer. I had never been asked to give a talk before, so I had to wing it. Since these attendees had not read my book yet, there wouldn't be questions about the story itself. So I came prepared to talk about some history of the Mesa Verde National Park area and the Anasazi. I handed out fact sheets with historical info that related directly to the story.Discussed some about why I chose the 1950's time period. I also asked who were in the process of writing something and recommended a couple very supportive writer groups I belong too. Touched on self-publishing. I thought it went pretty well. At least no one walked out.
Today I celebrated by going out for Chinese. Life can be good.
I am a self-employed geologist, land surveyor and indie writer living with my wife, Sandra, in a rural setting south of Wichita, Kansas