That is what I have been up to lately.
This week I am participating in the LDS Booksellers Convention in Salt Lake City, promoting our book "The Gift of Giving Life:Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth."
Yesterday they had a "speed dating" event where authors, artists and musicians had three minutes to "pitch" their product to bookstore owners and buyers. For all of you who aren't familiar with the term "speed dating" it is a type of matchmaking event where participants meet for several minutes each before moving on to another participant, ultimately
making a list of those they are interested in dating. I have never done a real speed dating event, luckily I was married before they came into existence, and so I didn't really know what to expect from a booksellers speed dating event.
I wont lie, I was really nervous. My co-authors helped me craft a really good presentation, but since none of them were able to come it was just little old me doing it all. I went around to 16 tables and had three minutes to try to interest buyers, usually there were four or five at a table, in the book. Then they would ring a bell and I'd move to the next table. It actually went really well and after about the third table I stopped feeling nervous. Though I will say that by the last table my tongue was bit tied and I was tired!
All in all, I think there was a lot of interest in the book and I am hopeful that soon it will be showing up in bookstores near you!
We are having a booth at the convention on Thursday and Friday where stores can place offers and I sure hope that some do! Okay, not just some... lots!
Life has been really busy getting ready for the conference and the speed dating and so I am sorry it has been quiet around here. There probably won't be a Five Thing for Friday this week either, sorry, because I am feeling a bit swamped. But if you happen to be going to the LDS Booksellers Convention I would love to have you stop by our booth!
I am actually super excited about the convention because when I was setting up last night I saw lots of interesting booths. I will get a sneak peak at all the new LDS books and music that are coming out this year. Not to mention meet some awesome authors, artists and musicians. So that should be fun.
Don't worry I'll try to take some pictures!