Where: Joseph Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, Kentucky 40503
When: 4pm – 6pm
I’ll be doing a reading, a Q&A, and a signing in support for my first collection, Irredeemable! My publisher, Seventh Star Press, will be on hand and will be giving away tons of goodies.
If you don’t have a copy of Irredeemable, plenty of copies will be on hand at the bookstore.
After the event, you’re welcome to join us at Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant for dinner with the author (unfortunately, author is not wealthy enough to pay for the dinner). The dinner starts at 6:30pm.
A few notes…
If you’ve never been to Joseph Beth, you’re about to be impressed. It is a beautiful bookstore. Super nice staff. The coffee there is pretty darn good.
Stephen Zimmer, my publisher, said for me to bring some Apex freebies to hand out. So I’ll have some mugs and some shirts. 🙂
This is my first signing as an author. For some reason, I’m a bit nervous…very unlike me. It isn’t like I’ve never done signings before (I’ve edited 5 anthologies and have signed for those). If you asked me to pinpoint what it is that has me nervous I don’t think I could provide an answer.
Back when I started Apex Publications, I was a terrible public speaker. But I worked through the issues I had. Nowadays, I’m a veritable ham in front of people. I do lectures, workshops, panels, and anything else that will get me in front of people for money or marketing. It’s been years since I’ve suffered a case of pre-event jitters.
I was thinking about all this last night while trying to fall asleep. The closest thing to a reason I could come up with is that my confidence as a writer is still a work-in-progress. I expect (hope) to see in the crowd a lot of people who are important to me: family, friends (old and new), my favorite coworkers, publishing/writing colleagues, and so on. To have them reading fiction I’ve written is a bit intimidating.
Over time, I expect these type of jitters to fade away. And about 10 seconds after I’m behind the microphone, I figure I’ll be my usual hammy silly self. Despite the jitters, I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Now, let’s hope Joseph Beth doesn’t throw us out when I start reading one of my horror shorts to the crowd…