The good folks at Paulina Springs Bookstore invited me to participate in an event called Indies First in which respected authors spend November 30 promoting their favorite titles by playing bookseller for the day at independent bookstores nationwide.
I looked around for a respected author, and then tried to remember the difference between respected and respectable and disreputable, and then decided they all meant the same thing.
"Count me in," I said, and gave them a list of a dozen books and authors to have on-hand for me to peddle.
I arrived at the bookstore just before noon and posed for photos like a respectable author.
|Hooray for independent bookstores!|
Then I got to work setting up my display of books. I was excited to talk about my favorite titles, and promote all aspects of romance, comedy, and everything in between.
|Doing some well-deserved pimping for my critique partner, Linda Grimes, and her awesome book In a Fix and the orangutan-centric follow-up, Quick Fix.|
Right off the bat, I noticed two important things. The first is the bane of existence for all busty women forced to wear sticky name-tags. Within five minutes, the tag curls up like a dead bug and refuses to stay put no matter how many attempts you make at smoothing it out so you look like a respectable person.
|Damn you, sticky name-tag and your curly edges.|
And then you realize you don't look very respectable repeatedly rubbing your hand over your boob in an effort to straighten the name-tag.
The second thing I noticed is that my station was smack-dab in the middle of the children's section.
Coupled with the aforementioned name-tag issue, this meant I found myself spending the better part of an afternoon groping my boob while surrounded by kids and their understandably leery parents.
As if it weren't weird enough to put an author of risque romantic comedy in the kids' aisle, my vantage-point staring straight out from that section gave me a clear view of the self-help shelves.
Right in my line of sight for the entire afternoon was this title:
|Is it just me, or does that title just leap out at you?|
So now we have an oversexed romantic comedy author staring out from the children's aisle at a book about learning to want more sex. Does anyone see a problem here?
Naturally, my mind began to wander...
|I can't be the only one who thinks this sounds deliciously filthy.|
|Is it just me, or does this look like the setup for a deranged animal orgy?|
|I'm not saying I do or don't own an adult video with one of these titles. Okay, maybe that is what I'm saying. Suffice it to say, it was alarming to glance up and see these titles shouting at me like urgent commands.|
|Is it okay to buy touch and feel stroller cards if I don't own an infant?|
In the end, the event was fairly successful. As is often the case when I do author events in bookstores, I probably spent more acquiring new books than I did selling my own. Isn't that what it's all about?
Well, that and patting the bunny.