Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Writer Geek Chic

Every career has some geeky components and accoutrements, and I've recently found out that being a published author is no different. I mean, I'm not carrying around slide rules or all-purpose bottles of Windex (remember My Big, Fat Greek Wedding?), but for the past month, I haven't gone anywhere without my Author Signing Kit.

The kit itself started as a money pouch and was a gift from a friend. It closes with a zipper, so I know nothing will spill into the dark hole of my purse. Inside, you'll now find two kinds of stickers, "Local Author" and "Autographed Copy". I also carry a stack of TOP TEN USES FOR AN UNWORN PROM DRESS bookmarks, which I slip into signed books, as well as hand out to people as a business card when they ask about buying my book.


And finally, my kit includes my favorite not-cheap pen. One that always works and makes my terrible handwriting a little better.

The only thing I don't like about the kit is the snickers I sometimes get when I pull it out. But I just sort of sigh and smile. Because hey, after years of weathering rejection slips, what's a laugh or two at something that's working for me?

On this note, I'm leaving on Friday for a four-day driving trip that will include hitting as many bookstores as possible. Wish me luck they have copies of my book to sign!

13 fresh comments:

stephhale said...

Tina,
Your bookmarks are adorable! I just got 5000 and will not go anywhere without them so you won't catch me making fun of you! :)
Steph~

TinaFerraro said...

Wow--5,000, Steph! Good for you! Did you get the little hole punch for the ribbon, too? I have to say that the ribbon tying got old fast! :) What you need to do is bring them to a group meeting--like your book club?--and get people to tie while talking...

I'm looking forward to seeing yours!

Kelly Parra said...

Hey, I need one of those author kits! But I suppose mine might be a whole tote bag. haha!

Too cute bookmarks, Tina!

Jess Burkhart said...

That's the coolest kit, Tina! I hope I have my own kit one day! :)

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Jess! You're off to a running start with your articles and stories! :)

Jess Burkhart said...

Thanks, Tina! :) I hope so!

Lisa Asanuma said...

I love the bookmark, and I definitely aspire to needing a kit like that!

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Lisa! I'm sure you'll be putting one together soon, too...

what'sinyoursoul said...
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what'sinyoursoul said...

Tina, I just finished your book! Loved it! Especially the ending. There used to be a place like that in Seattle, but it closed down, sadly. Nic was a very charming protagonist. I almost choked on my water when, after Alison's super-fast shower, she noted, "There was no way she'd used conditioner." Thank you again for sending it! I even got a bookmark - woohoo!

TinaFerraro said...

You are very welcome! And you're the first person who's mentioned the conditioner line. That was one of my favorites (it felt SO girly girl to me--and something I definitely would have thought) and I'm glad it resonated with you!

So glad you liked it! :)

alexgirl said...

That's so awesome! Love the bookmarks. I guess I should get on that too, huh! Good luck on your 4 day book signing tour. I'd love some tips on that because I'm a shy mental case and I'm so nervous about going into bookstores and saying "Hi, so... want me to sign a book or something? Or not? Arghhh!"
Oy vey.

crissachappell said...

Very smart idea. I dig your girlie bookmarks!