Amazon.com Blog and Waldenbooks
Some coolness to report from the weekend:
1) Amazon.com Book Blog
I'm on the Amazon Books Blog! How cool is that? Seriously, I think this deserves a Snoopy Dance of Joy.
[pause for dancing]
I was interviewed by Jeff Vandermeer, author of Shriek, who asked lots of fun questions. Click here to read the interview.
2) Waldenbooks Trip Report
On Saturday, I had a book signing at the Waldenbooks in the Smith Haven Mall (near where I live on Long Island). I really, really loved Saturday. It was my first mall signing, and it went GREAT. I ended up staying twice as long as I'd originally planned and selling many more books than I'd expected. Here I am at the book signing:
And here are some of my favorite moments:
Me: Hi. How are you? I'm doing a book signing today. Would you like a free bookmark?
Elderly man (looking frightened): I just want road maps.
Man: Would you like a book? Here, honey, the author is here to sign it. Would you read this book if I got it for you?
Girl (kindly): Dad, reading's just not my thing.
Man: Why don't you like reading? What do you like?
Girl (consolingly): I like shopping.
Man (to me): Can you sign it to [name deleted] and say "with hopes that you'll read it"?
Woman (to me): She stopped reading when she noticed boys.
Me: It's tough to compete.
Girl: I really, really want your book, but my mom said I can't spend any more money.
Me: You can take a bookmark, if you like.
[ten minutes later, the same girl returns]
Girl: Mom said if I want it that badly, then I can have it!
Girl: Your book looks great. How much is it?
Girl (to Boy): I don't have enough money. Can I borrow some?
Boy: I'll buy it for you.
Me: Who would you like me to make it out to?
Girl (to Boy): It's your book if you're buying it. She should make it out to you.
Boy (to Girl): But I'm buying it for you. She should make it out to you.
Girl (to Boy): How about she makes it out to both of us?
[moment of adoring smiles]
One of the best moments, though, happened after the signing was over. I was walking into the Cheesecake Factory with my family, and we passed a woman and her husband at a table. The woman was pointing at me, and I saw her turn to her husband and say, "There's the author!"
I swear I nearly did the Snoopy Dance of Joy right there in the restaurant.