Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dr D's First Formal Author Signing

Dr D signs a copy of his new book, Crash Course in Genealogy, @ the American Library Association conference in New Orleans which was attended by about 22,000. 

This book was purchased for one of the two Mardi Gras masked, middle school girls standing behind me. She is from Indiana and went to find her aunt to buy the book for her. The aunt is a librarian and is in the dark top at the left. It was great to meet a middle school student who is interested in genealogy.

One librarian colleague bought two copies to donate to her library--one for the Special Collections and Genealogy department reference collection and one for the library's general circulating collection for patron checkout. She told me not to allow her nonlibrarian husband, who was also wandering around the exhibition hall, to buy a copy since she already had two. However, before she was out of sight, he convinced her that they needed a third copy for "lookups at home". Wow! Such loyal friends.

By the luck of the draw I was the first person listed in the several page long "Meet The Authors" section of the conference program. That was because my signing was on Friday, the first day the exhibits were open; and my publisher, ABC-Clio, comes at the first of publishers who were hosting author signings there. Although this is my fourth publishing effort, it was my first formal signing event. A nice ego boost! The book officially will be available on Friday at places like Amazon.

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