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Thankful Thursday

Author Milestone: First Speech!

Okay, it was only five minutes long, but I don't usually ... or, well, ever do public speaking in my normal life, so I was a little nervous.

But the audience was BOOKSELLERS, so of course they were kind and wonderful. They laughed in all the right places, and said SUCH NICE THINGS when I got to talk to them. I am very thankful to Pacific Northwest Booksellers, for making me feel like I did a good job!

I was part of a "Celebration of Authors" at the PNBA fall trade show. Nine other authors and I - invited because our books are considered ripe for "hand-selling" - gave short speeches while the attendees ate lunch, then we signed copies of our books or ARCs. My publisher sent hardcovers early for the event!!

Here are the fabulous booksellers - they were kind enough to let me take their photo to commemorate my First Official Author Event:

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It was wonderful to meet the other authors, too. Only one was a YA author - Mary Jane Beaufrand, whose book, THE RIVER comes out in February 2010. It sounds really good! We were signing at the same time, so neither one of us got a copy of the other's book (we both ran out).

Now that I've survived my first Author Speech, I hope the rest will be easier.

:-)

Comments

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ex_kmessner
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Wowza! That's a whole lot of people for a first event - I bet you were fantastic. Congrats!!
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kate! It was so nice to meet all a bunch of booksellers!
lindsey_leavitt
Sep. 11th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Congrats Lisa! I'm not SURPRISED, of course. You ARE funny and wonderful. Glad all the booksellers got to witness it.
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Man, wait till YOU hit the author-talk circuit! People will fall in love!
kellyrfineman
Sep. 11th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
I knew you could do it!!

I'm so glad it went well, though. And hardcovers? Your publisher must love you and your book lots. How great!
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
I love HMH more!!
megancrewe
Sep. 11th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad you had a great time!
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Megan!!

(I used some of your tips.)

:-)
robinellen
Sep. 11th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
VERY cool :) And I have THE RIVER to read.
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, I bet it's great. Knowing her publisher and editor ... I'm quite sure it's amazing.
crissachappell
Sep. 11th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Awesome! My first event was a bookseller thing too (SIBA in the south).
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Crissa! LOVE those indies!!!
dreamerwrites
Sep. 11th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Congrats, Lisa! It sounds awesome!
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cheryl! It was so fun!
susanwrites
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Yay! Yay! Yay! Congrats.
dlgarfinkle
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
They all seem so happy. I bet you did great. Congrats!
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe they're just happy I'm done?

Thanks, Debbi. :-)
jbknowles
Sep. 11th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Wow! That's a big crowd! I am so proud of and happy for you!!!!!

xoxo
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jo!!!

xoxo back!
soniag
Sep. 11th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
You? Are a rock star. I knew you would be fabulous!
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
You?

Are a terrific support.

xo
jo_no_anne
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
What a great crowd to talk to. Congrats on not fainting/resorting to imagining people in their underwear.
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
It actually helped to see that the other authors were nervous, too.
kimberleylittle
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Congratulations!!! And I know it ain't easy. ;-D
lkmadigan
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kimberley! Just wait ... your turn is coming ...

:-)
aprilhenry
Sep. 11th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
What a marvelous picture - they look delighted.

My very first author thing was signing ARCs at the HarperCollins booth. On the drive down to Eugene, the car blew a head gasket - and I still got there in time!

cynthialord
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
YAY! That's wonderful!!!!
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lkmadigan
Sep. 14th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks Melodye!

(Anonymous)
Sep. 15th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
That is one happy looking bunch of booksellers. They seem so ... kind. I bet that made giving your speech just an teensy bit easier, but I still feel your pain.

Mel.
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