A Successful Reading and Signing for my debut novel, The Missing Five

10 Dec

MaryAgnes2I am still in awe, very excited, and the whole experience was surreal, even so three days later.

My best friend of 29 years asked me if she could have a reception (reading and signing) in my honor at a dear friend’s house. Approximately 40 guests–family and friends–attended.

I ordered 40 books. Not only did I sell them all, I took orders for 13 more. I’m so glad I had a Square to take advance orders.

Audience2The experience was both exciting and humbling. The Reading was a huge success. The guests complimented me and told me that it was “how I told the story that sold my book.” Many could not believe this was my first Reading. I learned something that day–it’s really about selling yourself first and selling the book second. It’s true because after the Reading, people who had already purchased a book decided to purchase another to give as gifts. Some of the guests that were there had already purchased a book from Amazon.

Another thing happened. Three other guests asked if they could host a Reading/Signing for me. Of course, I said yes. My next Reading is December 21st.

GwenI could say that I was lucky but I won’t. I prepared for this Reading. Once I selected the four chapters that I would read excerpts from, each morning I practiced reading into a recorder and replayed it to hear myself tell the story. So at the actual reading, I was calm, composed, and confident as I looked out at my audience and smiled, while telling my story.

I am still beaming from ear to ear.

My debut novel, The Missing Five, is available from Amazon:

and at for eReaders.

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