The excitement of having a book, with my name on it, has not abated. I look at it and can’t believe it actually exists. All praise and glory goes to the Lord! It’s really weird because I know that my name is on it and that the Lord is the One who actually wrote it but lying on the couch and opening the pages it’s as though I’m reading it for the first time and someone else’s name is on the cover.
It’s hard to explain, but it really is as though someone else wrote it even though I know what the next chapter will say. It still feels as though I’ve bought a book at the store and I’m reading it for the first time. Memories that fill the pages swarm through my mind. I laugh at some of the dumb things I did and tears fill my eyes at others. I’m reliving those five years of hard lessons once again. Finished reading it and laying it aside, I ask the Lord, “Now what?” “Call bookstores about doing book signings,” is His reply.
Another shock! Book signings? I’ve seen those at times in book stores but its always famous authors. Oh well, it’s worth a try, so I start calling various bookstores in my area and low and behold, before I know it I have two or three lined up.
Having never done a book signing event I have to ask the store manager what I need to bring, what percentage of the sales do they get and I get, how long do I get to sell my books, and do I need to bring cash with me for change?
These are all questions that need to be asked because various bookstores have different requirements and the percentage of their take and mine will vary. I was asked to do a book signing at a new Mall, one time. Having done several by now I knew that the bookstores would take the customers money and then write me a check afterwards so I didn’t ask.
I show up, set up my table with the display of books, bookmarks, and business cards for the ministry (All proceeds from the sale of my books go into the ministry) and at the last minute before the doors open the manager informs me that I need to take all monies and have change. I freaked out! There was no mention of this in our initial phone conversation. He finally agreed to ring up the sales and eight weeks later, with many phone calls, I received my check. Needless to say I never went back for their book signing events again. And you can believe that’s the first thing I ask about since then!
More new experiences to come.