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.
The 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.
I 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: http://www.amazon.com/The-Missing-Five-Gwen-Pegram/dp/0991128508/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386731047&sr=8-1&keywords=gwen+pegram
and at www.smashwords.com for eReaders.