Saturday, 24 March 2012
Today's book signing.
I came, I signed, I conquered!
Okay, okay. Complete exaggeration. But this morning's signing did go well. (Photos will appear in due course).
Marvellous weather meant it was 'dead quiet' for a Saturday but I still made enough sales to gain managers approval and make it worth my while.
And I learnt some important things:
1. If, having read one book, a 3yr old is dancing on their toes demanding to be read the other, you've done something right.
2. "You know you've been pushing it when..." is popular with 8-14yr old boys. It seems the humour is...of a perfect maturity level. Which explains why my 19yr old cousin liked them so much.
3. Grandparents are amongst the best buyers when it comes to children's books.
4. When a customer is unsure which book to buy, with a suitably cheeky grin you can get away with saying "All of them." Sometimes it works.
5. After spending only a minute chatting, it is amazing how many people realise that, should they admit to being unsure which ones to buy, you will say "All of them".
6. Success is when a boy who saw me in a school assembly drags his mum over to buy him a signed copy of "You know you've been pushing it when...", who then informed me that he's been talking about that assembly for weeks and that meeting me was the purpose of their trip to town. He made my day.
7. Successful signings in several different WHSmiths stores may result in said company realising that my books are marvellous and stocking them routinely.
Yep - you've guessed what I'll be planning over the next year or so!!
At least, I will once I've regained coherent speech, reattached my wrist, de-spasmed my neck and generally slept off the effects of this one.