Indigo, Here I Come!

This week I have my first official bookstore signing at a chain store for my novel “Seascape’. The Indigo store I will be visiting is in a huge location and is super busy. This Saturday I will be at the Calgary Crossiron Mills location. From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. I will be front and center of the store.

I am nervous!

I have had several events. Why is this one sparking so much anxiety? Because it is Indigo. Even more scary, to have a good sale, to do my absolute best, I have to get out from behind my display table and mingle. I have to pass out bookmarks and approach people.

Ugh! Approaching people is my struggle.

I have a game plan but if you have any suggestions or recommendations about how I should conduct myself, I am open to receiving.

Seriously, I am all ears.

8 thoughts on “Indigo, Here I Come!

  1. Laurie

    Hey Shannon,

    Dennis is my cousin, which makes you one as well! I’ve worked with the public for years! Given speeches etc… No matter the situation I still get butterflies and feel extremely nervous! My advice to you is be yourself! Let your personality shine through! Don’t worry about what people will think, live in the moment! Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated! Make eye contact, you will find that your nervousness will subside when you focus on their eyed when talking. Good luck to you! I have been reading your messages and I am truly inspired by your accomplishment! I’ll be thinking of you!

    Laurie Ouellette

  2. change it up editing

    Remember that every person in that bookstore chose to be there, and they are all interested in books–they just need to be introduced to yours. What a wonderful opportunity! As you know, handing something to someone is a good icebreaker, and don’t feel slighted if people avoid making eye contact (remember that they might be nervous, too). Just be warm and friendly, and you’ll be fine!

    1. ShannonRaelynn Post author

      I have to say out of all of my events so far, this one has me reassured at least, in the very aspect you mention, the people I meet will be readers. Some of my other events people have not even been curious about the book which tells me they are not readers. Not the case here! These are my fellow book lovers. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

  3. Ouellette Denis

    Just be you and re-discover the amazing charm and charisma that is naturally yours … that I’ve been wonderfully privy to for a very long time … and is easily your best kept secret 😉 I’ve said it before and I’m happy to say it again: once the world discovers you, I’ll have to share the most beautiful person I’ve ever met. That is a good thing 😀 … now let it happen 😉

  4. 1WriteWay

    I’m sure it will go very well, Shannon. I love that you have bookmarks to hand out. It’s like giving people a bit of a gift that is functional but also helps to advertise your book. Be sure to have some friends to mill around and engage you. Sometimes it seems like people are more willing to come up to you if you’re already talking with someone else 😉 Good luck!

    1. ShannonRaelynn Post author

      That is my problem, I’m in a city far far from home and know very few people here. But that just means a whole new crowd😉Thanks!

      1. 1WriteWay

        And that can be a good thing too. I’ve given a lot of presentations for my job and I’ve always found that it’s easier when the room is full of strangers. I have a lot of performance anxiety and the only way for me to get beyond is to “pretend I’m someone else.” In other words, I act the part of someone who is comfortable with public speaking. Well, my comment is probably too little too late 🙂 I hope the book signing went well!

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