On Saturday, August 1, I joined Curtis Nester, Jim Morrison, and Bob VandeLinde at The General Store
for a book signing--the first signing with my newly released novel Secrets at Sweetwater Cove.
We had fun, met a lot of nice folks, and sold books--lots of books! That's us pictured below.
My first book signing with my first novel, Secrets at Spawning Run,
was also held at The General Store
. When book #1 was published, going into shops and hawking my wares terrified me. When a junior in high school, we juniors had to go door to door to sell magazine subscriptions to raise money for our class. That also terrified me. I remember knocking on doors and saying, "You don't want to buy a magazine, do you?"
Well, when you publish a book, especially a POD (print-on-demand) book, you must market your book if you want any sales. If not for writer buddies Becky Mushko
and Karen Wrigley
, that first signing at The General Store
in 2005 may not have occurred. The first shop I entered tongue-tied me and I hurried out. After that fiasco, Becky and Karen aimed me at The General Store
. Becky pulled me while Karen literally pushed from behind until I was inside. Rita and Vicki, owners of The General Store
, agreed to take a few of my books. Ever since that day, the folks at The General Store
have been great friends.
Above is a picture of King, a stuffed black Lab I bought at The General Store
. King goes to book signings and talks with me.
If you've never shopped there, you've missed something special. The store is located at 213 Scruggs Road, Hardy, VA 24121, phone 540-721-3009. Stop by. You'll be glad you did.
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My second book signing will be August 15
from 1:00 to 4:00
at Kitty's Little Book Shoppe
located on 11858 Moneta Road (Rt. 122), Moneta, phone 540-297-7740. Both novels, Secrets at Spawning Run
and Secrets at Sweetwater Cove,
will be available for purchase. Tad Parker, another local writer, will be there with his new book Jerry McAllister and the Slaves of the Tellusian Underground, Book One.
And Kitty will serve refreshments, so come fill up on culinary delights and good books!
Labels: Kitty's Little Book Shoppe, The General Store