When my first few books were released, I traveled near and far to promote them and meet the booksellers. Of course back then we had many independent stores and local distributors, and meeting them was valuable. Nowadays it seems as though most of the chain stores couldn’t care less who the local authors are unless they’re huge names. I went into a new Books-a-million in my neighborhood, and they couldn’t even look up my book on a computer or order it if they wanted to. I found it bizarre that the salespeople there have nothing to do with ordering or hand selling.
Most recently Mary Connealy and I traveled to Independence, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb, where we signed at Dog-eared Books, a lovely new and used bookstore, owned by Tina.
Tina’s cohort Connie works at the store and hosts a reader website Once Upon a Romance, where you will find reviews and recipes and news about authors. Connie always bakes cookies for the authors, and we weren’t disappointed this time. How she gets them uniform and prettily perfect is beyond me. Yummy, too.
Traveling with Mary and I from Nebraska was Robyn Roberts, who reviews at Once Upon a Romance, along with Connie’s sister, Trudy. Robyn and I have made the trip to Missouri more than once—more than twice—we kind of like those gals and their readers.
Signing with us was the always delightful Bobbi Smith, Queen of the Western Romance, who has of course been a guest here in the past. Her newest book is called Runaway. And joining us, another Nebraska gal, Julie Miller, who signed copies of her new Intrigue, Pulling the Trigger. Julie had her 2009 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award there for us to admire.
I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few pics of years past as well.
When I learn about a romance author coming to my city, I usually make it to the bookstore to support them. I’ve been to those of Susan Wiggs, Susan Crandall and Linda Lael Miller to name a few.
When LLM was here, Pam Crooks and I went to see her and booked her for a blog here. I’m sure you’ll remember that one.
Sometimes readers are too shy to approach the author, but will come back later and pick up a signed book. Have you been to many author signings? If you went, did you enjoy talking to the author?