This weekend has proven to be the ultimate geekfest for me. On Friday, I watched Avengers: Endgame at the theater. On Saturday, I had two book signings for Heliopause: The Questrison Saga: Book One. On Sunday, I had a third book signing, and then capped the weekend by watching Game of Thrones that night! Whew! It’s been QUITE the ride. I’m a little bleary-eyed today. But it was totally worth it.
I’m going to talk about the book signings in this post. (I reserved my screaming about the movie and the show on Twitter for all to see.)
Saturday morning, I shared the Read Local booth at the Encinitas Spring Street Fair with three other authors: Sylvia Melena (Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance), L. A. Hollis (Blood Virus; Going in Circles), and Georgette Todd (Foster Girl: A Memoir). The best part about this event (aside from my new readers: welcome!) was gaining knowledge and ideas and new connections with these other authors.
Saturday evening, Wavelength Brewing Co. in Vista, California, kindly hosted a reading and book signing for me. This is a delightful brewery with space and science themes (and also, really good craft beer). I was given a microphone, and I read from Heliopause: The Questrison Saga: Book One from a stage. That was a new experience in the author journey, but it was fun! Thank you, Wavelength Brewing Co., for this lovely opportunity.
Then on Sunday afternoon, The West Bean Coffee Roasters in Bankers Hill, San Diego, gave me space for a book signing. I was happy to see a friend drop by. I also made acquaintances with a sweet dog named Maple. West Bean is a great place to go and do work in a clean, well-lit environment, and they have excellent coffee as well as yummy pastries. Thank you, Carl, for helping set this up!
At each event, I’m pleased to report I gained new readers and sold some books. I enjoyed speaking with others, as I always do, and I loved hearing everyone’s own personally stories. I also appreciated being asked about my writing process, which is something I enjoy discussing.
It pays to try out unconventional locations for book signings. While not every venue will say yes, when one does, it can be a rewarding experience. It never hurts to ask.
NEXT weekend, San Francisco Bay Area, here I come for the Bay Area Book Festival! I will be one of about 250 authors. This is my first foray into Northern California, and I’m super excited to be at the event Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, all day. My table is 346 in the Author Pavilion. Hope to see some of you there!
Image Credit: J. Dianne Dotson Signs Heliopause: The Questrison Saga at the Encinitas Spring Street Festival. Photo Copyright J. Dianne Dotson 2019.