My entire family lives in Kent, more or less, and I still have very good friends there. So when the release date was set for "Pray," it was clear that I needed to have a book release party in my home town.
Since this was going to be fairly early in my life as a self-promoter, I decided to step outside my comfort zone, and set up not just a book signing at the book store in Kent (Last Exit Books), but also a reading at the library. That was putting myself out there an awful lot, but I figured if I couldn't do it in a town where I knew a lot of people, then I probably couldn't do it at all.
|The start of the book release party.|
The signing only last two hours, but there was a strange kind of ebb and flow to it. I would say that the first half an hour and the last half an hour were not unlike a ghost town, while the hour in the middle was just a constant stream of people -- most of whom I hadn't seen in probably over a decade.
Nicole and I got so caught up in things that we actually forgot to take any pictures, something of a theme for our trip. She managed to take a few here and there, but we never got a good shot when things were really busy -- so you'll have to take my word for the adoring throngs!
Thankfully, I had Sunday to recover before the reading at the library on Monday. The reading...well, the reading didn't end up being much of a reading, to be honest. Only a few people showed up, so instead of standing at the front of a room and reading to them, we formed a circle of chairs and I took questions. It was actually an interesting experience, which hopefully prepares me to do it again some day. I really hadn't expected many people to show up -- after the previous events, I didn't think there was anyone left who hadn't already been to see me! Regardless of the turn out, it was a good experience.
Anyway, it was a good trip and a nice way to start this new part of the "Pray" journey. We'll see how it goes from here...
(Cross posted to Iprayhardest.com)