Most recently, closely following my first radio interview promoting the book, I did my first book-signing at the local Talbot’s here in Dover. For those of you unfamiliar with the chain, Talbot’s is a nice women’s clothing store, and having shopped there from time to time over the past few years, I had formed a cordial relationship with the senior sales associate, Alison. When I first told her back in late May that my book had come out, she was happy for me and almost immediately suggested having a book event right there at the store. After clearing it with store manager Wendy, we agreed on Friday, July 18th for the date.
If there was a glitsch in the preparations, it was only that the flyers I had printed up ahead of the event for the Talbot’s folks to include in shoppers’ bags weren’t ready until the Wednesday before the 18th; but the day itself went off like clockwork.
I took a day of Annual Leave from my State job, arranged to squeeze in a safe-driver refresher class I needed for the discount on my car insurance, and made a list of to-do items leading up to the 2:00 – 6:00 P.M. date with Talbots: put box of books in car; refresher class 9:00-12:00, cash from credit union to make change for cash sales; grocery store for cookies & bottled water; drugstore for small tray & paper napkins; downtown pick up small soft purse for cash; stop @ BB&C and let Dar A. know about event; Talbot’s 1:45 to set up.
When I got to Talbot’s, one of my posters was on a decorative easel right by the door, and Alison set up a lovely little table for me nearby where I could set my stash of books next to me and have a shelf for the cookies and water to offer those who stopped to talk about the book. Alison and Wendy both made me feel very comfortable, talking with their customers and selling/signing books. By the end of the afternoon, I had met not only some really nice people who were local, but women from neighboring Maryland and Virginia and one who is part of the theater & arts community in Manhattan.
To those of you for whom I signed books, I hope you are enjoying the read and that you’ll stay in touch and let me know if you’re making some changes for the good in your lives. I’m already drafting the 2nd and 3rd books around this subject and any input you can provide is of course most welcome. !
Meanwhile, back here in lovely central Delaware, Sherry has been a baaaaaaad girl where her exercise routine is concerned; and now that the book is out, I have no more excuses. Time to get back into my regimen, re-make it a habit, and establish some goals. This is an important year — completing 64 means I’m officially embarking on my 65th and I want it to be pure magic. Right now, that means putting on the cross-trainers I keep under my desk and getting out for a walk before I get back to work for the afternoon.
Take care & talk soon,