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May 29, 2017

Prepping for My First Book Event and Signing / Monthly Mishmash

Book Club: The IWSG Book Club will be reading for June/July....

This book will demonstrate characterization, which was voted #1 by our members for what they want to learn how to do better. Even if you've read this book before, reread it with fresh eyes, paying attention to characterization.

Whether you read a book is up to you. 

Whether you join the book discussion is up to you. 

Though we do hope for both. ;) 

And you can join any book discussion, even if you don’t read the book.

Our book club is not a strict one. 

Join us and participate when you can.


Upcoming Book Event: I will be going to my first book event on Friday, June 2nd, which will involve workshops, mingles, and more. On Saturday, June 3rd, I'll be part of a massive book signing. 

One of our very own, M.J. Fifield, will be there, too! She actually told me about this event last year. Thank you, M.J.!

Book Signing - FREE to EVERYONE
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Manatee Ballroom

2017 Event Location:
International Palms Resort
1300 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

If you are in the area, or can travel, come visit me at the signing on June 3rd (Saturday). My table will have a palm tree on it! :D


Here's how I prepared for this event:

- Figured out what decor I wanted on my table.

- Figured out what SWAG and promo items I want to hand out.

- Bought a tablecloth, just in case I need one, and small table-top easels to hold copies of my books.

- Hand-painted sea shells for SWAG.

- Ordered more bookmarks from Vistaprint.

- Ordered two addition packs of postcards for swag with the covers and blurbs for Hurricane Crimes and Tsunami Crimes.

- Ordered a 10-inch Hurricane Crimes cover printed on a glossy tabletop easel with a stand. (Since Hurricane Crimes is in ebook format only.)

- Bought a balloon pump for a blow-up decoration I got for my table. I'm so excited about this!!!!

- Bought a small, dry-erase white board to write down my book prices.

- Bought a rolling cart to carry my books.

- Bought a money lock box. (I don't have an iPhone for a credit card square, so I'll only be accepting cash.)

- Bought a clipboard for newsletter sign-up sheets and a 1/2-inch white binder for short reviews people can read at my table.

- Bought new black pants to wear to the signing.

- Ordered 12 copies each of Seismic Crimes and Tsunami Crimes.

- And updated EVERYTHING on my website.

Now I've had to do a lot more planning than that, though:

- What will I have as a giveaway (a basket on my table) to get people to sign up for my newsletter?

- What can I give special to people who buy a copy of my books?

- Figure out where I'll crash for one night. (With family.)

- Set up an ebook sale (for all of my books) to immediately follow the event.

- Get change for big bills. (My books will be $10 ea.)

- Have money for meals.and books!

And then there's what else I'll have to pack:

- My leather planner with a new pack of paper for note taking.

- Protein bars and water (The signing goes through lunch.)

- Breath mints...cuz, you know...just in case.

- Pillow for my chair. (My bad back demands one.)

- Lint roller (For my new black pants.)

- Duct table..cuz, you never know.

- Blanket and pillow for my sleepover.

- Necessities like toothbrush/paste, makeup, etc.

I still feel like I'm forgetting something....

The good thing is, I'll have an assistant to help me. My mom. <3 She wants to experience this so she knows what it'll be like for when she has a table. :)

I'll be stepping out of my shell, so...WISH ME LUCK!

P.S. I'll share how it went in my IWSG Day post on June 7th. 


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You sound totally prepared and will do awesome!

Good luck to you and to MJ! Have fun! Looking forward to hearing about it in your IWSG post.... :)

Pat Hatt said...

Damn, that is a lot to do. But that is the way to make it a success indeed. Hopefully it goes grand. Yeah, I'd need to drag my arse pillow along too haha

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You're going to have so much fun! That is a perfect list. Add a candy dish and fill with Dollar Store Tootsie Rolls or something. (Never fill with Kisses as they will be gone in 30 minutes.) I've done over 350 signings and book events and my best tip - do not sit. Roam and engage with everyone. And hand everyone a bookmark. No matter what they say about buying your book later, they won't remember your name five minutes after meeting you.

nashvillecats2 said...

Good luck Chrys and I look forward to your post on the ISWG next week.


Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! I'm sure it'll be a blast. I can't wait. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I might need something to sit on, too. lol

Chrys Fey said...

I think I'm going to skip the candy dish and see how it goes without one. I have some interesting goodies to handout to people. :) I definitely plan to roam and engage everyone I can. Thanks, Diane!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

This is cool Chrys! Congratulations and I hope you have a blast and all goes well! Everything I can think of to hand out, someone else is most likely doing. Since your books center around natural disasters, some kind of little survival kit would be cool, but probably too expensive. Maybe a different item for each book, some little something that appears in the book somewhere?
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P.S. Your blog is looking great!

Sarah Foster said...

That's so awesome! Wish I lived closer so I could check it out. You'll do great!
I think I read The Secret Garden in first grade. It'll be interesting to read it again.

Liz A. said...

We expect pictures of you and MJ together, or it never happened ;)

You don't have a smartphone at all? Because I thought the Square reader worked for iPhone and Android.

Chrys Fey said...

A survival kit would be cool. I could definitely do that for smaller events. :)

I have the hand painted shells. They have a significance in my stories.


Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Sarah!

I have the book, but I've never read it, so I'm looking forward to it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

LOL!!! I will definitely take pictures with MJ. :D

Nope. No Smartphone.

Murees Dupè said...

Have fun, Chrys! I hope you and M.J. get to hang out a bit. I am so excited for you. You planned brilliantly. Can I mention I'm a little jealous of your organizational skills? It sounds like you have everything. Please, have lots of fun.

cleemckenzie said...

I just started Secret Garden and love it as much as I did when I first read it. Good luck on your event.

sherry fundin said...

You sound very prepared and I want to wish you the best...and have fun! Wish I lived closer.
sherry @ fundinmental

Sharon Himsl said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with your preparation. You'll do great. I've never done this before but guess I better start thinking about it. I'm looking forward to your pictures. Have fun, and wishing you lots of success!

Lisa Thomson said...

This sounds awesome, Chrys! You've covered it all. One thing you may want handy is an old fashioned sign up sheet for people to leave their names and emails in order for them to sign up for your author website newsletter. Don't forget the pen. Best of will be wonderful!! AS for the book club, my apologies as I haven't been keeping up with it. I will try to join a read maybe for summer.

The Cynical Sailor said...

The book signing sounds fantastic! You're so well prepared that I know it will go smoothly. I loved The Secret Garden as a child. Am definitely going to try to re-read it and join in the book club discussion over the next couple of months.

Misha Gerrick said...

I haven't read The Secret Garden yet, but loved The Little Princess. :-)

Good luck with the signing!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm sure we'll be able to hang out, Hopefully.

I can't help but organize. I start planning and organizing way before I should. lol

Chrys Fey said...


Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Sherry!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Sharon! I'm nervous. I'm afraid I won't know what to say. I definitely have to step out my my shell.

Chrys Fey said...

I have sign-up sheets for my newsletter. It's listed up there.

And don't worry about it. Jump in whenever you can. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome! I look forward to discussing this classic with you. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I haven't read either one, but now I'll be reading The Secret Garden.


Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Have fun. Sell lots of books. I just ordered The Secret Garden. Out of all my children's books, it's one I do not have.

Erika Beebe said...

Good luck tomorrow and this weekend! I love how you prepared. Especially adding the painted shells.

Juneta key said...

Cong rates and good luck.
' Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Yanting Gueh said...

Good luck, Chrys. Sounds like you're very well-prepared. Most of all, enjoy the heck out of this!

Anonymous said...

You shouldn't need an iPhone for a credit card square. I think my phone's an android and I have a Square for it so unless you don't have a smart phone period, you should be able to get one.

Good luck with the event!

Bish Denham said...

I hope you had fun and sold ALL your books!

A Beer for the Shower said...

Wow. You were way, way more prepared than we've ever been for a book signing. We hope it went well.

In our experience, the giant blown up book cover probably helps the most, to get people to come over and start looking at it/talking to you. It's a great ice breaker. Way better than, "Hey you, come over here and buy my stuff."

Unknown said...

How did it go?

Carrie-Anne said...

That was a lot of planning and organizing! I hope your event went most swimmingly.

Lux G. said...

Hey, congrats and good luck on your book signing. Wow!

Chrys Fey said...

I own The Secret Garden but never read it.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! The shells were a big hit.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! The shells were a big hit.

Chrys Fey said...


Chrys Fey said...

I did enjoy the heck out of it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I don't have a smartphone. No cell phone at all.

Chrys Fey said...

LOL. I sold one. :p

Chrys Fey said...

I plan to buy a banner because it seems people were drawn to the tables with banners.

Chrys Fey said...

It was great for networking. I had fun and got a lot of newsletter signups.

Chrys Fey said...

It did go swimmingly.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you!