ComicCon was a kaleidescope of colors and sounds, bright and loud. The Javits Center was absolutely jammed with people making moving in the aisles between the booths a challenge most of the time. I did my first signing today and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve been to many signings over the years, but always stood several feet away watching as one of my authors chatted with a reader. Now that it was my turn I had to remind myself that the line in front of Pocket’s booth was actually for me. People were incredibly friendly and very encouraging. I signed somewhere between 150 and 200 copies and had a chance to engage many people while I did so. A few questions came up more than once – is this a trilogy (yes) is this book one of the trilogy (yes again) and any advice for an aspiring writer (write, finish, then start writing the next one.) Hard to quantify, but I’d guess at least half of the people I talked to were also writers so the atmosphere was very collegial.
Speaking of writers, I met Naomi Novik, Richard Knaak and Sherrilyn Kenyon for the first time today, and Terry Brooks for either the second or third. Writers, artists, tv and movie stars were prevalent throughout the show and at one point I spotted Seth Green (huge line for his signing.)
Thanks to all the folks at Pocket Books that set up my signing today. They had it down to a science and had advertised it nicely. They also did up a very smart looking postcard which, when I figure out how, I will post to my website, www.ironelves.com which I’m happy to say is now fully functioning with active links. As time goes by we’ll be updating it further so if you have any thoughts on what you see please let me know.