This whole book signing thing really has me down in the dumps; it’s been a roller coaster ride of sorts. First I searched for places to have a book signing for free and came up empty handed. Book stores wanted me to sign contracts with exclusive rights or they wanted to regulate when I could have book signings, some places turned me down and some never returned my calls. So I decided to fork over $450 to hold my book signing at the mall. No one in their right mind would do a 3-day book signing but that was the minimum the mall would allow me to do and I’ve never been accused of being in my right mind anyway.
The dates were set and I mailed out the invitations. An article appeared in the Monticello Express newspaper regarding the book signing. Things
were going great until I received the paperwork for the mall. They are requiring me to have a million dollars in commercial insurance. The cost for this, for
three short days is $320. If the invitations were not sent and the article was not printed I would have cancelled the whole dam thing at this point. To invest
$770 plus the cost of promotional materials and books for a book signing is insane.
The next blow came yesterday. First I answered some questions for a reporter from the Telegraph Herald Newspaper. An article regarding the book and book signing will appear in this Sunday’s paper. That was exciting and made me happy. Then I learned from my publisher that I will have to charge sales tax on my book. That made me sad. Many authors just eat the cost of sales tax when they do book signings, but I can’t……I’m already in way too far over my head.
So today I had to register “my business” online and in 4-6 weeks I will receive a pile of paperwork. But I am required to charge sales tax from today forward on any books I personally sell. But oh that’s right, I won’t be selling any books today because I haven’t received my shipment in the mail yet! (But they should be arriving any day.) The book signing is 9 days away and I’m still waiting for the paperwork from the insurance company too.
Each day I just wait for the next blow. I just lie on the ground and wait to get kicked one more time. A quote I read on Pinterest keeps popping into my head; “I didn’t say it would be easy, I said it would be worth it.” I really hope it’s worth it.
I’m done whining now, thank you for listening.
The Real Birthday
Today is McKenzie’s REAL birthday. Last Saturday we had her party but she has been reminding us all week that her real birthday would be happening
next. So this morning she requested Belgium waffles for breakfast with fresh strawberries and whip cream on top. Yesterday I had to purchase 36 cupcakes to
take to school for birthday treats today and I had to buy yet another cake so we can blow candles out again tonight. Does it ever end? Nope it doesn’t and I
don’t want it to. I dread the day when she doesn’t want a party or doesn’t want to celebrate. I think birthdays should always be an event, no matter how old you are.
Have a wonderful Wednesday passengers.