Popping My Book Signing Cherry


Did you hear that popping sound?  That was the sound of me traveling to Boise Book Fest and popping my book signing cherry as an author!  Book signings are a real thing.  They happen all over the world and readers flock to them to see their favorite authors or to discover new ones.  As a reader, I have been to a few (remember my meeting Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher?) and it is at these book signings that I actually met an amazing group of people, some authors and some not.  It didn’t matter.  They are totally my tribe.  It was through the authors in this amazing group, that I found out about signing up for book signings as an author.  And I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of popping my book signing cherry with a group of these authors (some of whom I had only met online and my Seester included) at Boise Book Fest.

I was so nervous.  I don’t even know if the word nervous even begins to cover it to be honest.  I had a lot of anxiety over the signing.  What if nobody came over to my table?  What if I didn’t sell any books?  What if people didn’t want to read my books?  It gave me such anxiety but knowing my BFF was coming with me made me feel so much better.  We over packed per usual and caught a very early flight to Phoenix where we met up with Seester and BIL to catch the same flight to Boise.  I am sure we were annoying to the poor lady who was stuck with us singing and poking each other through the rows in the plane and yelling “Peek-A-Boo” but we had fun.

After finally getting to our hotel in Boise, we chilled out a bit before setting up for the signing.  Setting up was full of shenanigans as most of my author friends were there and we all helped each other in setting tables, putting up banners and table displays.  I was super excited to see Teagan Hunter there as that girl is my #soulmate and I might have tackled her and her Marine hubby in the hallway pretty hard.  BFF proceeded to start biting people as is her way and lots of laughter ensued at dinner later.

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Traveling wears BFF out
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We love the way Sara Ney smells….even after being on an airplane

Then the day of the signing was upon us.  I woke up super nervous with all those doubts floating around in my head.  BFF told me it was going to be just fine and also bit me (she bites pretty hard) I think for good luck or just because she could.  Either way it hurt and might have left a bruise.  We put on our sweet new Fat Girl Running T-shirts and headed down into the room.  Thank goodness I had BFF with me for this first signing as we all know I do not like to people.  But people I did!  Who knew doing a book signing would be so tiring and energizing at the same time?  I met so many readers and guess what?  I SOLD BOOKS!  Yup, dear fans, there are now new readers with copies of my books in their hands and wearing my shirts!  Can you believe it?  I actually sold quite half the shirts I brought with me so I call that a success.  Boom!  First large book signing in the bag!  I loved networking with other authors and hanging out with my favorite book people of all times.  Poor BFF was stuck putting up with us for the weekend but luckily she loved most of them (as witnessed by the bite marks.  Is she part vampire?).

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Seester and I at our table!  Aren’t we cute?
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This is what happens when our group of friends tries to get a picture…hot mess
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My #soulmate.  Read Teagan Hunter.  You won’t regret it

I flew home satisfied that I had not only a fun weekend with other authors, but I sold books!  I wasn’t sitting by myself at a table waiting for people to come by.  I actually talked with readers, engaged them and got them to take a chance on me.  Score!  Also, now I have that ABBA song in my head….my head is a weird place.

Oh yeah.  I didn’t die today.  I was so anxious I thought I might die, but I didn’t.  I am Fat Girl who popped her first book signing cherry Running.  The experiment continues…

On Being an Over-packer and New Shirts!


I am sitting here right now avoiding packing.  I absolutely hate packing.  I love to travel, but packing?  Nope.  Don’t love it even a little bit.  I am not so sure which is even worse…the actual packing or the unpacking and all the laundry that comes with it.  You should see me when I pack for one of our Disney trips.  You would think by now that packing for a trip like that is easy.  Yeah…no.  I am a notorious over-packer. Half the stuff I pack I never use, but what if you might need it?  Do you want to be caught without band aids and safety pins?  No.  You never know when you are going to need things.  I take twice as much stuff as I probably need.  I could never be one of those people who backpack through Europe with a pair of jeans and a toothbrush.  Nope.  First off that requires lots of outside time and I am such an indoor girl.  But for traveling?  Such an over-packer.

Take for example our recent four-day trip to Disneyland.  I need five shirts right?  No I need like ten.  Yup.  Ten.  I might wanna change or if I spill on one and don’t want to walk around with Dole Whip on my boob all day so this requires twice the amount of shirts.  Pants?  Now pants can be worn for days, especially jeans or jean capris.  Yeah so maybe three.  Then since I never know the weather, this will require two hoodies and a rain jacket (none of which I will use of course).  Double the unders and socks just in case and the unders need to match the bras which need to match the shirt choices.  Jammies.  You can’t forget jammies (well I have before but let’s not get into that).  An extra pair of shoes in case you get wet on a ride and need to change shoes.  Unless you are into walking around with squishy shoes.  I am not.  Oh we haven’t even gotten to the toiletries and makeup.  Ugh.  I fill a huge suitcase on my own.  Now let’s remember that BFF and I drive to Disneyland.  This now requires 2 coolers full of water and other drinks since we are driving across the desert and you never want to be without water doing that.  It is an 8 hour trip so this will require lots of snacks (most of which we wont eat because we know where to stop and get different crap).  I also need a smaller bag for the first night so I don’t have to take the bigger bag into that hotel.  OH!  Let’s not forget hair bows and headbands, watches and jewelry and all the things you need when you are old (like bengay, heat patches and pain meds).  Lastly, there needs to be a bag full of electronics for the car.  Things like the portable blu-ray player and movies, kindle, chargers, ipod, and whatever else is needed to keep BFF occupied while she is the passenger.  This is how we ended up with eleven bags for bell services to hold when we checked in.  Eleven bags between the two of us.  Sigh.  So ridiculous.

This trip I am currently packing for is different.  It is a book signing so this require so much more than just the basics.  Luckily, I don’t have to pack books to take to the signing as one of my friends lives there and I shipped them to her.  Whew.  That would be a whole extra bag.  And a heavy one at that.  Ugh.  But my big suitcase is already mostly full and I haven’t even put in clothes yet.  I have to pack my banner, bookmarks and candy, trays and markers, cash and money bag and cups/water bottles and t-shirts (YES!!  I got t-shirts!).  Speaking of t-shirts, I did a thing and had custom Fat Girl Running shirts made.  If you are in my fan group on Facebook (and why aren’t you?) then you already have the opportunity to order shirts at special prices.  Fat Girl Nation is the place to be I tell you so get in there!  Shirts will be up here on the blog on the merchandise form!  How cute are these shirts?  Made by Mockingbird Apparel, these shirts say “I didn’t die today” on the front and my branding on the back.  Her shop is awesome and full of nerdy shirts galore.  I can’t wait to see pics of you guys wearing your shirts!   But first, I must go finish packing.  I shall fill you all in on the signing when I get back.

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I just want to wear them all the time.

Oh yeah.  I didn’t die today.  I did however procrastinate packing and wish I could pack lighter but I didn’t die.  I am Fat Girl over-packer now with custom t-shirts Running.  The experiment continues…