Monday, September 12, 2011

The Onalaska Book Signing

This past Saturday I had a book signing in Onalaska, WI at Living Word Bookstore. What lovely folks!

I met lots of fiction readers, which was refreshing, and was able to talk fiction with the staff and customers. One of the things I love about talking fiction is being able to recommend lots of good books. I realize that not everyone likes to read historical fiction (though, blessedly, lots of folks do) so if someone says they like thrillers or contemporary fiction or mysteries or medical stories or legal stories, etc., I get to  recommend books by Brandilyn Collins, Robin Jones Gunn, Camy Tang, Richard Mabry, and James Scott Bell.

Some customers are surprised that I would recommend other authors' work instead of pushing them to buy my own, but in truth, I don't find it strange at all. As I said, not everyone reads historical romance, and even I don't confine my own reading to only historical fiction. Recommending someone to a new-to-them author is a great thrill, especially if I know the author personally, which in most cases I do. :)

Living Word Bookstore has a wonderful fiction section. And they did a great job promoting the book signing. A mass email, offering a coupon off any non-sale item, and offering a special price on my books that day. They purchased radio advertisement and used bag stuffers to let their customers know that there was a special event at the store. They had cookies and lemonade and other snacks, and they had everything all set up beautifully when I arrived.

I know some authors don't like doing book signings, but I don't mind. I love meeting readers (no matter what they like to read) face to face.

Question for you: Do you like to attend book signings? Have you ever gone to one just to encourage the author?

Today I'm guest blogging over at about some of the specifics of writing historical fiction. I hope you'll pop over there and encourage both me and Stephanie Morrill, who runs the blog.


  1. Looks like you had a GREAT time! Seems like every time I'm in a bookstore, I end up recommending books to wanderers of the aisle! I love the writing community! Always willing to promote someone else. :)

  2. LOVE that picture! You are like the book-signing queen! I need to start taking notes in case I ever do some.

  3. Love your outfit! Nope, have never been to a book signing (When will you do one in Boston?) But I attended a lecture given by the late Robert Parker. He wasn't late at the time. On time, scary looking as he was a big guy and wearing a leather trenchcoat

  4. So excited to see you. I love them, go to them, want to do them. The personal aspect really appeals to me.
    ~ Wendy

  5. Great picture! Sounds like a wonderful event.

  6. I've never been to a book signing but come to think of it, I've never heard of one at my local bookstore.

    I'm a long ways off from book signings but I do have this occasional dream (actually, nightmare) where I'm sitting behind my table and no one comes. Sad me. Oh well, no need to borrow trouble from tomorrow...or ten years from now! :)

    You look great and beautiful and happy! Congrats on your great day!