The thing I like the most about this book tour is meeting the people that I've only met virtually via email, twitter, or facebook. Tonight I finally shook hands with Jim Rugg, the man behind the cover art of Impossibly Funky. The author of such works as Street Angel and Afrodisiac (which I can't recommend enough), Jim was great to chat with and it was an honor sitting next to him at Lili's Coffee Shop in Polish Hill.
It was a great turnout at the event thanks in no small part to another "virtual friend," Karen Lillis, a mover and a shaker in the Pittsburgh scene. Karen helped coordinate setting up the event with Bill at Copacetic Comics (just up the stairs from the coffee shop -- a great synergistic space). Jim, Karen, and Bill put out the word and there was a great turnout at the event. Even my friend Lau and cousin Danielle showed up!
I didn't read from the book this time. Instead, I filibustered. I started talking about the history of Cashiers du Cinemart, stopping occasionally for a breath and less often to pass the mic to Jim. Yes, I was a mic hog. Worse, I was a manic mic hog. While giving Jim maybe a scant five minutes, I jawed on for close to ninety minutes -- blathering about distribution systems, decrying binary movie reviewers (sorry, Thumbs), and railing against the fall of Western Civilization (Skyline may be one of the seals being broken...).
I sold a few books, signed a few others, and managed to lose a bit of the crowd as we moved from Lili's back up the stairs to Copacetic. Five copies sold (one more than was predicted in Guerrilla Marketing for Writers ).
Observation: The person that comes up to you and talks to you the most at your book signing will leave without buying a copy of your book.
Next... up early in the morning to hit Harrisburg at noon and Metuchen at 8. Will be great seeing Leon in New Jersey and hope to get a few folks out at lunchtime in Harrisburg.