My Appearance at Willow Bridge Bookstore in Oakhurst

We always leave at 9 a.m. so we can arrive in Oakhurst around 11:30 or so in order to eat lunch with Sunny/Donna Baker and her hubby. Sunny and I go way, way back when we used to attend a chapter of RWA in Fresno.

I don't really like to eat much before I speak, but the place we met, called The Grinder, let's us hang around and visit until it's time to go to the book store. I always arrive 1/2 hour ahead of time so the owner, Monica McClanahan won't be nervous about me showing up. This time, when I walked in, people were already sitting in the chairs arranged at the back of the room.

I brought 20 handouts, because usually the crowd has been fairly small when I've come to talk. This time I ran out and there weren't enough seats, even though tables were cleared to become make-shift benches. One lady sat on the floor, and 3 for just stood in the back.

What a great bunch of folks--so attentive, listened to everything I had to say about the big changes in publishing and how best to work with small publishers. When I was ready to quite after 1 1/2 hours, people still asked questions. It was 4 p.m. before we got out of there and headed back down the mountain for home.

Oh, and I have to tell you, I sold lots of books.

The secret to any book store event is truly giving a talk of some sort--and even more helpful if the talk has something to do about writing.

Ms. McClanahan had done a great job of promoting, had a wonderful poster right on the front counter announcing my appearance, and I think she had the information in the local news as well.

I did my part on Facebook and Twitter.

Anyway, it was a great day, but must confess I was exhausted afterward.

My only regret? I forgot to take pictures--for which there is no excuse since I had my iPhone with me.



Sun Singer said…
What a great turnout. It's really fun when readings and signings go well and people have a good time.

Vicki Rocho said…
Congrats on a successful event!

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