Book Signing – Pros and Cons

I’m totally new at this book publishing stuff.
When doors open I wheel through them.

When His Majesty in Brokenness first came out, my friend Ginny said, “Let’s do a book signing at the Grant Pass First Friday Nite in September.” Not wanting to pitch my tent on the curb, I was grateful when she offered her son’s Glass Forge store two blocks from the center of downtown.

As David and I drove to my first book signing, we agreed that I’d probably sell one book. Imagine our surprise and delight when we sold 28.

My book signing/celebration in Kristin Day’s Portola Valley house in December was well attended and 35 books moved from my cardboard box to friends’ hands and hearts.

Thursday of last week, Patty Cullen, a fellow student in a Life Stories writing class, hosted a book signing for me in her Konditorei coffee shop in the town where David and I raised our family. The hugs and congratulations were coupled with the purchase of 33 copies of His Majesty.

I think I like these book signing events was my conclusion until Pat Sikora, who did much of my content edit, gave me the scoop: “Many authors don’t do book signings anymore, Judy, since the average attendance is often three people, relatives included.”

Sometimes it’s better not to have done your research – my naiveté paid off this time. And it sure has been fun sharing the limelight with His Majesty. Thanks one and all for your support and cheers!

But what’s the take away, Coach Naphy asks her Ma before posting this blog update? Proverbs 3:5-6 was dancing around in my mind all week – Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Peace of mind comes when we entrust the outcome of events to His Majesty’s good keeping. What can we release to Him this week?

What a relief to let go and let God of the universe direct our paths.

Here are some photos from my last book signing event at the Konditorei coffee shop in Portola Valley, CA:

Signing a book for the Rosenthals. Photo Courtesy of Robin Toews.

Forever friends Kristin, LJ and Nita. Photo Courtesy of LJ Anderson

Visiting with Jean Lane – a pillar in Portola Valley. Photo Courtesy of Robin Toews

A book for the birthday girl – Mrs. Ed Lewis. Photo Courtesy of LJ Anderson

Special friends - Marjorie Mader, Patty Cullen, Robin Toews and Gloria Rosenthal. Photo Courtesy of LJ Andreson

Thank you ALL who came and made it special!

Judy Signature

About Judy Squier

Judy Squier born without complete legs, learned early on about God's presence in suffering. She's been an inspirational speaker since age thirteen with a passion to help others find God's gold in the rubble of their lives. Judy is the mother of three adult daughters and lives with her husband, David, in southern Oregon.
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One Response to Book Signing – Pros and Cons

  1. I have been helping my sister self publish her lifetime of romance writings. I personally have not read much in this genre. But what I have done is helped people realize a lifelong dream. I had an offline career in the Independent living movement and retired in the early 1990’s to persue a knowledge of all things digital. My disability was a tool I used to gain a lot of knowledge and create a lot of programs that included people with disabilities into life as we know it today. PWD’S are in our communities with talents and thoughts to share. We grew up in a world that said noway will this happen. Today street corners are designed with ours and a lot of others needs in mind. A universal usage plan if you will. We are here!

    But for the reason I am commenting on your blog. I just read somewhere that some authors refuse to do book signings. As a result I googled pros and cons of book signings and came to this blog. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated! She going to do a book signing at the Roswell Alien Festival in July 2011 and was considering cancelling it. I think she should continue her quest as it appears you have done! Please drop by her blog and share a word of encouragement if you have the time and feel inclined. Thank you ..Jeananne

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