We've been discussing our upcoming book tour and how we don't want our events to be like so many we've attended: Really Boring. In addition to Karen reading from the book, I could paint something. Then again, there's a reason boring things are often described as like watching paint dry. How exciting would it be to see me make art? And what if, like at home, I spill black paint on the carpet at Borders? Ok, my reaction to that may not be boring at all! Karen is an excellent reader so that part will be fun (remember she is a superstar litigator who is used to giving exciting opening and closing statements). To be sure nobody gets bored while they stand in the line to get their books signed, we're going to have food there. There's no way good cake is boring. So...if I am not going to create a masterpiece in front of the masses, what about if I have some of my art on display so people have stuff to talk about and look at? And while Karen is reading, what exactly am I supposed to be doing? Just be looking at her lovingly as any proud sister would do then step up to the signing area so we can sign books? See, all these new things to think about.
Karen and I were discussing what we'd want to experience at a book signing. Of course, yeah, cake was up there, but we'd really just want the author to be happy to be there, nice, and talk to us. We once stood in line for hours to get Emeril Lagasse (before he was too famous) to sign our books and when we finally did get up to him, we told him we drive 5 hours to eat his best ever banana pie at his restaurant in Vegas. He just sort of looked at us like we were crazy and grunted. Ok, buddy, we just spent $50 on your books, at least pretend to be happy we like your pie. Then there was the time we stood in line for hours to get Julie Andrews to sign our old worn out copy of Mandy and she was sooooo nice and happy to do it that I felt bad we hadn't bought newer versions for her to sign.
Of course, you won't have to stand in line for hours to get us to sign your book, but we want to know what YOU would like at a book signing.
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