A successful book store author signing

September 8, 2008 at 11:19 am 1 comment

Yesterday, I appeared at Boulder Book store on the popular Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, CO.  I email-invited many friends and considered bribing them with a margarita if they showed, and also slid under the Friday deadline for a valuable mention in the Boulder Daily Camera Sunday edition.  I called late Friday afternoon and spoke to a very generous editor (considering it was probably his happy hour and I was requesting this last minute addition).  He kindly plugged me in the “Things to do Today” section in the front.  For free.  Never underestimate using free publicity in local newspapers, their websites, and your own emailing.  I had one friend say she’d forwarded my invitation to fourteen of her young mom friends who would enjoy picture book story times. 

I had a pretty good turnout, overhearing one comment that they hadn’t seen this many for a Sunday author event in awhile.  We read from “Even Sharks Need Friends” first, after I gauged the popularity of hammerhead sharks in the pre-school to primary grade crowd.  But “I’ll Never Leave” seemed to go over just as well, as they joined in hunting for and counting ladybugs hidden throughout the story. 

Afterward, most stayed to participate in their choice of three crafts:  a hidden code math game, coloring characters from “Even Sharks Need Friends” or a leaf rubbing craft from the back of “I’ll Never Leave.”

At the end, I had one little girl, about four, ask me to sign my book and, in the same breath, told me my voice was “weird, like my grandma’s.”  Is their such a thing as a voice transplant?


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