This past week has been “one of those weeks” and today I sit looking at the list of book stores that I came up with to call about doing a book signing event. There’s a couple on the list that I already know takes an act of congress to get an event scheduled, if they’ll even let me, and we all know how congress works. 🙂
I’m waiting on my books to arrive sometime today, according to the notice I received from UPS, so that’s giving me a push to call these book stores. Now to decide if I want to make the effort or not. If there are some that do book signings then that means I need to go visit them before setting up any kind of schedule.
At times we can get discouraged or lazy in our push to get our name out there. Right now, I’m tired and a good kick in the pants might be needed. I’ll gaze at the list a little while longer, procrastinate for a little while, and then if the “mood” hits, I’ll pick up the phone.
I think part of the reason for my putting it off is because the last time I went through a long list of book stores I found many, and I mean many, were out of business which shortened the list considerably. Why they are still listed as active businesses is beyond me.
The others I called, none did book signings. That killed the rest of the list. Various reasons were given, such as, “Our store is too small, we don’t have room.” Then, “It isn’t worth our time.” Or, “We used to but we don’t anymore.” That’s discouraging but maybe your area is different in whatever part of the world you are in. It also depends on how far you are willing to travel.
Do I forge ahead and figure “nothing gained, nothing lost?” Or however that saying goes. We’ll see. First I need to receive my shipment of books and make sure they are all there and accounted for and none are damaged. Hmmm, sounds like a good excuse to me.
Stay tuned – I’ll be back