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Recently (2 June 2012) at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville, AR, I attended my first book signing. (You can buy your own copy here.) I’ve been writing since I was in my late adolescence, but this was the first time that words of mine were for sale in a physical book. If you’re not a writer, imagine getting your first real job. That’s what it was like. It was thoroughly fun, and I learned a few things from doing it:

1. Take a pen that works. Take a couple of backup pens. My fountain pen needs a good cleaning, it seems. I do routinely carry a spare, but I’ll have three or four on me next time.

2. Print out what you’re going to read. Holding open a paperback book while also holding a microphone is harder than it sounds.

3. Print the text in a font larger than you think you need. Yup, my next pair of glasses will be bifocals.

4. Have no expectations. You don’t know if the guy wearing a top hat, tuxedo coat, and a T shirt will buy a book, and neither does he, but talking to him is fun to do. If there’s any goal to the exercise, it’s to show your face to your public, even if it’s mostly your friends and family.

5. Book signings are more enjoyable than your best day at those nine-to-five jobs that have supported your writing habit.

On to the next one.

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