I've heard of book signing sessions where you're lucky if even your mother shows up and you sell more than a couple of books.
Well, my mother is too far away (but I'd know she'd have been there in a shot if she could ). But there was a nice steady flow of interested people this afternoon when I spent a couple of hours at my local branch of the independent booksellers Black Bond Books.
And sold 14 copies - 11 more than the store initially had on hand. Luckily I was able to send a flare up to my husband who was able to rush over with a bagfull. (The store had had more copies, but had sold more prior to the signing than they'd expected.)
Some familiar faces came out to support me, plus a few writing students I hadn't seen for years, someone from a nonprofit I volunteered with years ago, and many total strangers who took home books for the kids and elementary school teachers in their lives.
My biggest thrill - when a woman asked me to sign a copy for her neice Breezy. Wasn't she thrilled when I told her that's the name of one of the characters in the book I'm currently working on - The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw.
Came home quite 'chuffed' by the afternoon's work, to find a post on the online kidlit listserve I participate in, directing me to a review of MM405 in CM (Canadian Materials), in which reviewer Claire Perrin says, " There are several storylines and themes that are skillfully intertwined in this novel....In spite of the somewhat complicated themes of loneliness and discrimination, the physical presentation of the book and the uncomplicated vocabulary make the book readable for the 8-11 year old reader. It is written in the first person, adding to the novel’s readability." Check out the full review here.