Not only is this the first signing of my latest novel due to actually be released in March, but it's the first time in my 24 years of writing that I'm autographing ARCs or advanced reading copies. Here's a talented young writer Cheryl Rainfield (author of Hunted) waiting for me to inscribe her ARC with some pithy wit. "Best wishes". Authors often have difficulty concentrating enough to personalize a book and spell correctly. Plus there's a feeling that you should be able to look into someone's soul and give them the exact three or four word message that will change their life and yet also endorse the overall mood and message of the story.
The lineup was decent and I enjoyed meeting many librarians from my past. Arcs are of course complimentary so I'm not sure how they will work to boost my sales. But it all felt very nice.
A couple of hours later, I emceed as 35 authors presented their new books in three minute infomercials. The Annual CANSCAIP OLA Book launch, it's a fun kind of "Gong Show", who remembers that television game show? Authors dress up, sing, read from their books or reviews--it's a very celebratory event and librarians crush each other to get to it. Just kidding. About the crushing, I mean.