This past weekend I attended Once Upon a Book Author Signing in Frankenmuth, MI. It was my very first book signing as an author, and while I was extrememly nervous, I can honestly say that it was the best experience I’ve ever had! Read on for details about how my weekend went…
It all started on Thursday, August eleventh. I was anxious about many things but one of them was I still needed to get the files for The Desiccated – Part 1 uploaded, printed and shipped in time for OUAB. (Take my advice, never wait until the last minute to have brillant ideas if you can help it.) I had plenty of other books ready at my house from the other name I write under, but as I was listed as N.J. Ember for OUAB (and all my table decorations were printed for it) I was scared of looking foolish and unprofessional. I didn’t know what I was going to do if I couldn’t get them there on time.
The result of that was me not being able to get any sleep before we left for Frankenmuth on Friday. Between nerves and excitement, I wasn’t sure that I would get any sleep the entire weekend.
When we arrived at Bavarian Inn Lodge, I got a phone call that gave me some fantastic news relating to my personal life. I was so ecstatic! My mind was going a mile a minute and I seriously needed to pay attention to what was going on around me, but luckily my team was there to keep me on track. The weekend hadn’t even started yet, but it was already promising to be a good one. We finished checking in and journeyed up to our rooms. We needed to start getting ready for the Happily Ever After Ball…
…Which we ended up being late for. I should have expected this since we were going to the ball with Cinderella. 😉 I got to be Princess Jasmine for the night, and even though we were late, the company was lively and the food was good. If you’ve never partied with a bunch of authors, you’ve really been missing out. Stacey Rourke, the event organizer, author and Evil Queen, along with many volunteers and staff, made it a fun night that everyone will remember. Princesses (and Princes) danced the night away, and several authors recieved awards for their fantastic books! We left the ball just before midnight since author set up for the signing would begin the next morning at eight.
Getting up after a night of fairytale hijinx (and still running on very little sleep) wasn’t easy, but being late is only cute for princesses, and my fairygodmother’s magic had only lasted until midnight. Getting down to the signing room was still a struggle though, and the nerves were back in full force. I approached my signing table with aprehension….
Which turned out to be silly because my table mate, author Sara Fiorenzo, is pretty much the nicest person you’ll ever meet. She was easy to talk to and I couldn’t have been luckier to be sharing a table with her at my first event. As VIP ticket holders started pouring into the signing room at nine o’clock, my grandpa and best friend were still fighting with my banner stand and my side of the table was nearly complete. My paranormal books were nowhere to be found and it looked like they weren’t going to get there in time.* Instead of stressing about it, I decided to roll with it and laugh. This was my first time ever doing something like this and I was bound to make mistakes. I couldn’t let that dampen my excitement over the idea of meeting new readers.
And meet you I did! I was so shocked every time someone approached my table and/or wanted to buy a book. I loved meeting all of you, including Rhiannan, Tina and Emily. (Sorry if I’ve mispelled your names at all.) I had many great conversations and sold a good amount of books. I hope y’all enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed signing them for you.
I even got my turn to fangirl over some the amazing authors there and even though I wasn’t able to hit every table, I took home some wonderful books as well. I wish that I could’ve bought a book from everyone. I was super elated to meet author R.K. Ryals, and I almost fell over when she came over and bought my books. I still might. I was also fortunate enough that author S.F. Benson was willing to drop off my copy of Regress (which I completely forgot in the craziness of the day) on her way home. (Thank you again.)
I want to thank Stacey Rourke for putting Once Upon a Book Author Signing together. I want to thank each and every person who made it possible and helped her to do it. Thank you to Bavarian Inn Lodge. I will never forget my time at this event. I thought I would have more trouble getting into my role as an author, but as it turns out, doing this felt like the most natural thing in the world. It filled me with the sense that I was living my dreams, living in my purpose and doing what I was born to do. Not many people get to experience that. I am grateful, humbled and so blessed.
The best part is? You have the chance to experience Once Upon a Book again next year! That’s right, OUAB is coming back on August 11th and 12th, 2017. See you all there!
Other Blogs About OUAB:
- Reading For Fun – Interview & Giveaway: Sonya Loveday and Candace Knoebel
- I Smell Sheep – Recap: Once Upon a Book, Happily Ever After Ball & Author Signing Frankenmuth, MI August 12-13, 2016
- Black Words White Pages – FIRST EVER BOOK SIGNING: Once Upon A Book Author Signing and Happily Ever After Ball
- 2 Girls & A Book – Once Upon A Book
- Once Upon a Book Author Signing & Happily Ever After Ball Recap – 2016
*P.S. The Desiccated – Part 1 will be back up for sale in a few days. I will post an announcement.