Monday, May 11, 2009

Sold Out!



This past Saturday, I had my first "official" book signing at my neighborhood Books A Million. When I'd gone in last week to solidify details with Cliff, the store manager, he showed me all the books they'd ordered. There were two near waist high stacks of my books along the aisles. When my eyes widened, Cliff added, "I have more boxes in the back." I have to admit, I gulped. How was I going to sell all those books?

I'll tell you how. By having the best group of friends any girl could dream of. I sold out of books! Plus, took orders for 20 more. Cliff says that my book had been selling well all week (and of course there's all those books that my Bunco Broads bought) but still. I was overwhelmed.

I want to thank all those customers who I didn't know who stopped and bought books. Lucky for me, my signing was the day before Mother's Day. Talk about perfect timing (in case you weren't aware, Bunco Babes Tell All makes the perfect Mothers Day gift!) I also want to thank Brittany, the really cute and bubbly BAM employee who stood in the front of the store handing out coupons and welcoming customers. After she finished her welcome speech, she'd point over to me and pimp my author signing.

I also want to thank the fellow members of my local RWA chapter, Florida Panhandle Romance Writers for coming out. Our chapter was born last September, but we are already growing strong. And of course, I have to give a really special thanks to those people who came from out of town- my parents, my sister and her family and my RWA Online friend, Jamie Farrell, who surprised me by driving 2 hours to come! Jamie got to meet fellow members of FPHRW and she's joining the group. Yay!

The day was topped off with a celebration party across the street at Po Boys. Of which, can you can believe, I have NO pictures. By then I was so tired (all that adrenaline rush coming down) that I didn't think of it. But it was awesome. Just like the entire day was.

11 comments:

Lucy said...

How cool! I'm so excited/happy for you. And I'm glad Jamie was able to make it. :)

Mel Francis said...

it looks so fun!!! I wish I could've been there.

So proud of you!!

Gina Black said...

woohoo! Wish I could have come! What a wonderful booksigning!

Kristen Painter said...

How awesome!! I'm so happy for you!

Kristen said...

Very neat. Yay, Jamie made it.

Would have loved to see you signing the books and tickled it was such a great signing.

Jamie said...

I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you sold out! And I'm glad forgetting about the time zone thing didn't keep me from getting a book before that happened. :) Can't wait to read it!!

See you next month. :)

Maria Geraci said...

Thanks for all the kind words. It was truly a day I'll always remember!

Louisa Edwards said...

So proud of you! That's just awesome. Wish I could've been there!!!

Kwana said...

Yay!! I'm so happy for you.

Marilyn Brant said...

Fantastic, Maria!!! It was going to be too long before I got to go "play" at Borders, so I ordered my copy from Amazon! Should be here any day now :).

OHH!! I saw your book feature on Romance Designs (I just signed up for newsletters last week)--very cool! How long ago did you set that up? Were you pleased with the experience?

Maria Geraci said...

Thanks, everyone!

Marilyn, I'm popping you a private email to answer your question. I really loved the look of that Romance Designs feature:)

 

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