A Humbling and Wonderful Afternoon (my book signing at Cavalier Comics)

by Brandon

This very nice young lady came in with her dad. They were among the first to arrive. She had a copy she'd bought online.

I’m not sure what I expected from my first book signing. I guess I mostly thought it would be awkward and uncomfortable. I mean, I’m just a guy who likes to tell stories… I wasn’t sure that would be enough to motivate folks to take the time to stop by and pick up a book. I of course hoped for a good turnout, but I was completely prepared for the possibility that nobody would show up.

And – being honest here – I’m not sure which scenario would be more uncomfortable for me.

This is a local teacher who brought the letters from students.

Cavalier Comics set everything up spectacularly. All I had to do was show up with my box of books and a pen. As it turned out, I had a bit of an entourage with me. My wife, three good friends, and the daughter of two of those friends. We set up, then I sat down and waited for the fun discomfort to begin.

Almost immediately, folks began to trickle in. Within an hour, several people had picked up a copy of the book. I was incredibly nervous at first, but as the day wore on, it just became fun. By the end of the event, every book was sold. I was overwhelmed by the turnout. The people stopping by ranged from pe0ple I hadn’t seen in over a decade to people I’d never met before.

One of the dangers of doing a public event is the possibility that crazy people will show up. Luckily, these two crazy people are old friends of mine.

It was without a doubt one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had. You’d think something like that would make me feel arrogant and full of myself, but – surprisingly – the exact opposite happened. I just felt humbled and appreciative. Some friends came out to support me as an author while others came out because they loved Day Soldiers and just wanted it signed. I even had two letters delivered to me from the teacher of some of my younger readers.

This guy spoke with a thick Cockney accent. I couldn't understand anything he was saying.

The overwhelming show of support is definitely a good motivation for me to make sure the second book in the Day Soldiers trilogy gets finished and released as soon as possible (we hope to have it available by the end of June).

I'm pretty sure this guy was there to kill me, but backed out when he saw how crowded the store was.

To those who came out for the signing:

Thank you! You made this author very happy, and I’ll do everything I can to make sure the second and third Day Soldiers books meet (and hopefully exceed) your expectations.

To those who couldn’t make it to the signing:

You’re dead to me.

Just kidding! I most certainly appreciate your support as well.

For those of you that read my Titanic 3D blog, this is the gentleman I tried to get to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

Seriously, this writing gig rocks and I 100% owe that to you all. I give you my promise that I’ll do my very best to keep the books coming.

I’d also like to thank Cavalier Comics for hosting the event. It’s a great place run by a great guy. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check it out.

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If you haven’t picked up a copy of Day Soldiers yet but want to check it out, you can get it at Amazon for the kindle or in paperback, or you can pick it up for the Nook at Barnes & Noble.


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