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RWA Literacy signing and my annual reminder

Every year I try to mention this just because it’s one of those small issues that’s important to me. Next week, the Romance Writers of America organization will meet in NYC for their annual conference and with it they will host a huge book signing event to promote literacy.

There will be hundreds of authors signing. It’s a huge event. A readers dream!

The first year that I was eligible to sign at the literacy signing I didn’t. Ok, I know, you’re thinking what?? I mean after working so very hard to reach the goal of being a published author, I sat out my first opportunity to sign at such an awesome event? Yeah, I did. I was more interested in wandering around and attending as a READER. I wanted a chance to meet some of MY favorite authors and get them to sign books.

I also made it a goal to go by the tables of newer authors who might not have the lines or the followings of some of the more established authors. And each year I remind others to try and do the same.

So if you’re going to be attending the literacy signing, do me a favor, okay? Pick out at least one new author or an author who doesn’t have a line of people at her table. Go by, talk to her, check out her book or even better yet, buy it and have her sign it.

It’s HARD to sit there swallowed up by so many other authors and feel like no one has come to see you or to get you to sign a book.

A little kindness goes a long way and you have the power to make the signing very special for an author who is new, shy or just plain terrified of the crowds.

I hope to see you there! If I remember right, I’ll have Colters’ Lady and either Hidden Away or Sweet Possession to sign. (I’m so horrible, I don’t remember which one!) So come by and say hi. I’d love to chat with you!

5 thoughts on “RWA Literacy signing and my annual reminder”

  1. This is definitely a good reminder. The oldest form of Social Media, the “conversation” is still viable sales tool and one that helps readers and authors connect!

  2. Amy Ruttan says:

    What an awesome suggestion, Maya!

    My first RWA event (SF 2008) I was published but didn’t have a print book so I wandered, revelling in ecstasy over all the authors and geeking out, and I did go up and talk to those new authors. I even found some new authors I might not have tried before.

    I won’t be at RWA this year, I hope next time I am I get some people to my table (I’m horribly shy), and we all need some good karma in the world.

  3. Odette Sauve says:

    Too far for me!!!! I’m going to cry!!!!!

  4. Zina says:

    I just read this but I did what you asked I talked to Zoe Archer and picked up both her books she had available. Of course as luck had it you were my first stop and thank you so much for having Colton’s Lady I had been going to Border’s here for awhile looking for it so thank you!!!

  5. Maggie says:

    What a wonderful suggestion. Thank you for sharing.

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