My First Book Signing

Nope, not my book. Maybe someday, but not tonight. And yet tonight was my first book signing.

You see, about a year ago I founded a publishing company with two friends I met in a writing critique group. We wanted to test some of our ideas for a St. Louis-based company that discovers St. Louis-area writers (we selected 2 last year), nurtures them (financially, emotionally, literarily) throughout the writing process, and promotes their novels via a variety of methods.

Tonight we had our first big book signing at the downtown Left Bank Books. And I’ll be honest–I greatly tempered my expectations. There were about 30 RSVPs on the Facebook event, along with a ton of “Maybes,” so I thought, okay, maybe we’ll have about 15-20 people there.

So imagine my surprise when all the seats were filled by the time I got there a few minutes before the start. And more and more people kept joining us. Ten minutes into the talks, we had at least 60 people in the room. On a Thursday night. In vacant downtown St. Louis.

Both Fred and Anene read beautifully (do you like it when writers read their works at signing? Or would you prefer them to speak off the cuff?), and Fred gave a really awesome talk about the healing process (the main character in Fred’s book can regrow lost limbs and organs, but slowly and painfully, like when normal people heal). We’ll have a video of the event soon so you can watch it if you have a spare 10 minutes. For now, I offer you this photo that makes me feel incredibly satisfied about Blank Slate Press.

If you’d like to check out Fred and Anene’s books, the hard copies are here and the ebooks are here and here.

16 thoughts on “My First Book Signing”

  1. Congratulations! Good for you for finding a way to support writers. In a field that some say is shrinking, you have found a way to grow, and that’s a meaningful achievement: for you, for them, for all of us.

      • Well said. Judging from your turnout, it sounds as if you’re on your way to creating new support for anyone who loves books: readers, writers, and everyone between.

        BTW, I usually like when writers both read some of the work aloud and talk about it. If they’re good readers, it’s fun to have a feel for the rhythm they impart to the words – then I can still hear that rhythm when I’m reading on my own.

        • So you like the combination of reading and talking? That makes sense. That’s what Fred did, and it seemed to work well, especially since the part he read was related to what he talked about.

  2. Jamey–

    This is amazing and both you, your authors and your publishing partners should be very proud!! I only wish I could have been there in the “standing room only” crowd to show my support. “The Samaritan” was a great read, and I’m adding “Dancing with Gravity” on my list of books to read next! Congrats to all of you!

    • Katie–thanks so much! I appreciate you reading our books. I was completely surprised and amazed by the standing-room-only crowd–I think that’s what people hope for at an event like this. 🙂

  3. Congratulations to a job well done. Fred and Anene are both fortunate to have the support of Blank Slate Publishing. I am looking forward to the video.

  4. Big congrats, Jamey! And well done.

    You’ve had a lot of ideas over the years, but I have a feeling this might be among the most satisfying WHEN it succeeds.

    Keep pushing. Keep innovating.

  5. Well done! Congrats to you and BSP! Just left Austin, the self-declared best city for live music. My experience indicates they deserve the title. Maybe you and BSP will make St. Louis the best place for writers!


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