Breaking news from my booth at the book fair!

As I mentioned yesterday, I am at the Festival of Books here on the Oregon coast, stirring up a level of excitement over my book that fair organizers have called a frenzy “similar to a Peaches and Herb concert…”

Doing my best to keep a handle on the pandemonium.
Doing my best to keep a handle on the pandemonium.

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writerโ€™s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

76 thoughts on “Breaking news from my booth at the book fair!”

  1. Well, at least you’re still at your table in the booth. Looks like whoever was to your left, Tom Cherones (or something like that…hard to read the sign) just up and left.

    1. Wow, you have good eye sight! That’s exactly who it was. He’s actually an Emmy -winning director of Seinfeld. Super nice guy. He went for a bite and I told him I’d watch his stuff. I also signed all of his books with my name.

    1. Haha! It actually went pretty well. It was a lot of fun. And my booth mate was Tom Cherones, the Emmy-award winning director of Seinfeld. Super nice guy. Oh, and I sold some books.

    1. He went for a bite (so he said). So I told him I’d watch his stuff. I also signed all of his books with my name.

      Cool note: It was Tom Cherones, the Emmy-award winning director of Seinfeld. Really nice guy. Until he found out I signed all his books…

  2. I suggested this to another blogger who had a similar photo of themselves at an empty book signing table – next time, every time someone is anywhere near your table, casually hold your wrist and start flexing your fingers to make it look like your hand is aching from doing so much book signing – this is guaranteed to get the hype going. GUARANTEED.

  3. Come to a book signing in Florida, Young Ned, and I’LL be your pom-pom carrying, short skirt-wearing cheerleader! Of course, it won’t be a pretty sight, what with me being an old lady, and all…but we might get the sympathy buyers. Or the ones who’ve helped themselves to several of your Margarita Big Gulps.

    Until that day, I promise to post about your book on The Write Stuff, and then tweet the heck out of that, as well. We’ll find you a buyer or six. Probably. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. It actually went really well, but I couldn’t help it when things got off to a slow start ๐Ÿ˜‰ But thanks for the offer! I will hold you to it when I come to Florida some day ๐Ÿ˜‰

          1. Ooooooh…Men. In. Kilts. Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!! Lovely to look at, delightful to…well…look at. (I’m old, remember.) ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I’ll join Blog Woman and do a whole cheerleading thing! (Provided you dispense the margaritas.) I’ll even get Mandi to teach me to do a hurkey!
    If that doesn’t work, I’ll just quote Silence Of the Lambs in a creepy voice. On a megaphone.

    1. I say go for the whole package. A short- skirted cheerleader doing the Hurkey while reciting lines from SOTL will definitely get people ‘s attention. I’ll make the margaritas top shelf Cadillac style for the occasion. Heck, I won’t even care if people show up!

  5. 1). It appears that you have passed out due to California wildfire smoke, not unlike the filter Liz Taylor used in White Diamonds commercials. 2) Herb was the only Herb in “Peaches & Herb” but seven different women have filled the role of “Peaches.” So Herb and seven peaches is probably more fun than you can fathom.

    1. 1) Actually, there were a lot of gassy seniors there even a filter couldn’t stop, and 2) They should’ve gotten Herb instead of Bob Dole for those Viagra commercials.

  6. Next time try signing shirtless. Sure the frenzy would be security clamoring to escort you out, but it would still be pandemonium.

  7. I hope you don’t drool on that top copy. If you think they’re hard to sell now…

    That’s a really funny pic. Good on you for having the fortitude to post it. I’m too thin-skin and sensitive for that kind of publicity.

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