I have, but let me tell you again. I LOVE them! They are such a supportive group, and make an author feel like a million bucks.
Friday is the Farmer’s Market, which is literally right outside their door, so we scheduled a signing. They had ten copies of Painted Blind in stock when I arrived, and they were concerned because they did a signing a few weeks ago and didn’t sell a single book.
I was determined not to repeat that, especially when I realized the Bookworm opened an hour early for me. They usually open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, but the market starts at 9 a.m. I said I would show up at nine, not realizing that it was before their regular hours.
I set up outside with my 20″x30″ cover poster board and started greeting shoppers. At first it was slow, then I got to chatting with book lovers. Soon, I was signing books. About 11:30 I sold the last one off my table and went inside to get more. They had only two books left! I was supposed to stay until 12, but I hung around until one and found a home for that last book! The buyer was this sweet young woman about 17 or 18. She was a tough sale. She sat down and read the Prologue and Chapter 1 before committing.
Her name was Shampa. She said, “I like the story, but I hate that she’s so pretty.” We had a good discussion about Psyche’s beauty and how it was an essential part of the story. We also discussed how when a character is beautiful, it is even more important to make them feel “real”. As I was packing up my table, they rang up Shampa’s book. I signed it and marked a few lines in the Epilogue that I thought would be especially meaningful to her.
Before leaving I restocked the Bookworm. To date they have taken 30 copies of Painted Blind. They haven’t even shared them with their sister store. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those ladies!
Oh, and I took my camera, and totally forget to get a picture to share. Dang it!