Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My First Book Signing in a store




I had my first picture book signing at Barnes & Noble last Saturday for Cora Cooks Pancit. I've done book signings at school visits and conferences before, but I was a little nervous about doing one at a store. What if no one came?

It turned out to be a smashing hit! Barnes & Noble sold out of the books they ordered for the signing, and then they sold 12 of my own copies that I brought in as backup. How fun is that!

The most fun part of it for me was seeing lots of friends from church, neighbors, in-laws, SCBWI friends, and friends of my mother-in-law (she sent the announcement to everyone she's ever known). It was quite the party! I brought a big pot of pancit (the Filipino noodle dish from the story - the recipe is in the book), and my husband handed out samples the whole time while I signed and chatted and hugged and "Wow - I haven't seen you in 2 months!" There was a lot of that, because I've been in bed for 2 months with severe morning sickness and dizziness. Being in the second trimester now rocks!

This is an illustration from the book.

Elizabeth Dulemba just interviewed me about this picture book on her fun blog: http://dulemba.com/blogger.html Check it out!

Kristi Valiant
http://kristivaliant.blogspot.com

5 comments:

Ginger*:) said...

Kristi, this is exactly what a book signing should be... a HUGE success. Congratulations on the book, the signing and all that is to come. *:)

Amy C. Moreno said...

Kristi,

Huge congratulations on your book signing. What a joy. Congrats on the book as well.

Kate said...

Wow, that is so awesome!! Congrats on the book! And on the baby!

Amy C. Moreno said...

just realized I hadn't congratulated you on expecting your baby! I hope you're feeling better now..such a special time for you,

Kristi Valiant said...

Thanks Ginger, Amy, and Kate!