Three days from now, on Aug. 23, I will be doing my first book signing.
As I previously have mentioned, my first book, “Witchcraft and Monsters,” was published in January. I now have this amazing opportunity to see what a book signing is like. My mom will be coming with me to a local branch of Indigo/Chapters to assist me with the signing. We decided that it would be best if I signed some author signature plates ahead of time. When patrons ask for my signature, my mom will stick them in the books while I chat with them.
I’m thrilled! This way I don’t have to sign each book individually, which is very taxing on my hand. The local Chapters is fine with it — they’ve been very accommodating throughout the paperwork process and have made it easy for me. Part of me was surprised that they were willing to work with me and my needs, but they seem happy to have me there, which gives me hope.
I’m also nervous, but I think that’s normal. In fact, I think it’s healthy. Being an author, and all of the things that go along with it, can be intimidating. But I think that, if I weren’t a little bit nervous, I wouldn’t be so passionate. I wouldn’t push myself to go and try it.
I’m comfortable with the idea, and I think it will be great to talk to people about my book and what it means to me. Ultimately, I hope they enjoy it.
The nerves excite me, and the excitement fuels the rest of my career. It pushes me to do more. There’s nervousness, yes, and then there’s downright fear. But if I were absolutely terrified, I wouldn’t put myself through it.
I think I’m going to love it. It’s not going to be easy, but that’s what makes me strive to do it.
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