To help it along, I’m spending the entire month of June on the road. In a previous post, I mentioned my public bookstore events. I have seven of those. And also, 17 private events: book clubs, lunches, parties, talks, a writing conference and two local TV gigs. That’s 24 events in 10 states in 35 days. I might be crazy.
I have all the usual worries: Will I pack everything? Will our cat like our housesitter? Will the kids adjust to the time difference or will they wake me up for breakfast in the middle of the night?
There are two worries YOU can help me with:
1) What on earth should I sign besides my name? Don’t authors usually sign with a phrase or something? It needs to be short, but significant. Friendly, but not intimate. Help! I need ideas.
2) What should I do if I forget someone’s name at a signing?? I have trouble with faces at the best of times. Without big cues like singular hair color or an unusual outfit, I’m at sea. Waitstaff in uniforms confound me. War movies are, as far as I can tell, about one guy, cloned. I’ll be seeing lots of old friends, people I truly care about. But I fear I will blank, especially because they will be out of context. I can try “To whom shall I make this out?” (as if it might be a gift for their mother or something)–but then they might say “ME!” Or I could ask how to spell it. “B-r-a-d” they might answer, giving me a funny look. Any advice?