Please join Eldon at the Barnes & Noble in Woodinville on Saturday evening,
September 3rd, where he will be signing books and otherwise doing what he can to
make a nuisance of himself.
For additional inquiries, please contact Amy at 425-398-8893.
"It would be difficult to describe the weight of expectation that
settled over me when I saw that great big stack of books set out
front for me to sign. I don't know how other authors react, but all
I could think of was how badly I would feel if we didn't sell the
lion's share of them. Not for my sake, mind you, but for the sake of
the kind staff who went through so much trouble on my behalf.
It's a silly concern, really. These events, I'm led to believe,
are more about generating a pleasant social experience for all
involved—author, employees, and
customers—than massive sales volume. Or maybe that's just something
they tell beginners to make them feel better.
In any case, it was a terrific layout. And I was informed, upon
my arrival, that there had even been a couple of advance inquiries
from customers who wanted to make sure they arrived early enough to
get their copies autographed. Imagine that!
As it turned out, store traffic was light for a Saturday evening.
But I still met and spoke with a handful of very nice and supportive
individuals. A special thanks to Grant, whose youthful enthusiasm
reminded me of my own; to his mother, whose strong support of her
children's desire to read is something I wish all mothers shared; to
Patrick, who had some great stories of his own; and to all of the
others who expressed even a moment's interest. Hopefully, those who
picked up copies find no reason to regret their purchase.
Finally, a great big debt of thanks to Amy Terich, the store's
community relations manager, for setting up and advertising this
event, and for inviting me to appear in the first place—oh,
and for keeping me company during the slow spells. Thanks to her,
the two hours felt more like twenty minutes. Needless to say, I'm already looking
forward to visiting her store again."