Monday, February 21, 2011

SAVANNAH BOOK FAIR & COLIN FIRTH


My husband, my best friend and I walk into a bookstore... Sounds like a bad joke and it almost was. This past weekend we were in Savannah Georgia to attend the book fair. First of all, Savannah is lovely and the old homes are gorgeous. My old buddy Fay flew down from Chicago to witness my inaugural book signing event - the Friday before the festival at the Oglethorpe Mall, Barnes and Noble. The woman on the right is Regina Jeffers.

We were placed by the door, well out of sight except for the mall kids that zip in and out with their Ipads or Iphones or Ishoes or Iwallets or whatever they have invented in the last two days. We would have done better with Girl Scout cookies. At one point a toothless man finally approached us and I couldn't understand him at all. It turns out he was just really lonely, his wife had passed away a few months ago so he sat with us too. Oh well...

The following day was Saturday and Savannah is gorgeous. First of all let me tell you that their port-a-potties are the best. The Royal Seat or something like that. Ladies, you would not believe it - there was running water and a sink and it was clean and there was piped in music. And FIVE STALLS FOR THE WOMEN. Only one for the men and they had to jump over a bush to get to it. You just know who runs the Savannah Book Fair. Southern Ladies Rule!


I was really stiff at first, wouldn't even look at the people approaching and kept walking around the place. Finally I took a walk with Rich and we talked, he calmed me down but I was near tears. Then when we returned one young girl walked right up to me and asked, "Are you Karen Wasylowski?" I mumbled, "yes." She smiled and said, "I want your book." Everything changed after that! Whoever she is I could kiss her. I felt like a million bucks.

In the next two hours I sold twelve books. I came up with the tag line that Darcy and Fitzwilliam is Pride and Prejudice Meets Tom Jones. Most of the people lit up when I said that and bought the book.

Onto Books-A-Million here in town in March and then Fresno and the DREADED JASNA women in April. I will commence the rosary now...

For my angel, Lucy P...



BY THE WAY - MY WEBSITE IS BEING IMPROVED AND SHOULD BE UP SOON!! GO ADRIAN!

4 comments:

Kaydee said...

I am so happy your book signing went well. You can win them over. :)

LucyParker said...

The video hit the spot, to tide me over until they say "the Oscar goes to..."

Did you sign a book for me at B&N? I called them and they were going to get you and Regina to sign books for me.

I'm laughing "D&F& Tom Jones" Surely people thought of Fielding's Tom Jones and not the singer! *what's new, pussycat, whoa, whoa, whoa*

Karen Wasylowski said...

No one said a word about the book. I'll be glad to send you one, Lucy. No problem. I said that Tom Jones thing to one girl and she was so young she didn't know either reference. She just blinked really hard and then her eyes lit up at Regina's Darcy the Vampire book. blech.

LucyParker said...

I have your book already, it opens to the best parts! But I was going to take advantage of having you and Regina together to get some signed books. I'll have to check with the B&N guy I talked to. Gosh, I hope he was with B&N and not someone just picking up the phone, as I gave him my cc#. I'll make plans to send you my beloved copy for your siggie. Cut out the middle man.

I'm reading ThePioneerWoman.com and she loves her book tours. But she doesn't post Colin Firth links on her blog, so she's only doing a nominal job at this book selling/ blogging thing.

I'm enraptured with Any Human Heart! MM is very fine. I had to laugh at the part where the doc asked him what his priority was - money or sex. The look on his face when he answered "sex" had women everywhere doing backflips. Me, too!