Nervous Author Wants to Sign Book and needs Advice


Has anyone set up their own book signing, let’s say at a coffee house, a library, or another place that doesn’t immediately come to my mind? I would love as an indie author to promote my book in person at least once to see if I can get over my timidness.

I talked tonight with another indie author and he suggested that I set up a book signing complete with 4 or 5 author friends. I just happen to have 3 other local writers that I might coax into joining me.

Are you able to help me come up with more ideas for such an event? Any ideas would be so appreciated. Believe me, I have already been to Pinterest and my mind is buzzing with ideas, but share your own with me!

In fact, if you are local to the Lexington Kentucky area, there would be a spot for you to join us.

Please let me know. I look forward to meeting more indie authors and learning how you promote in person and off of the Internet.

For a nice change of pace let’s log out of Facebook and Twitter and hit the streets of Lexington Kentucky.

I have a set of questions that perhaps someone could assist me with:

  1. How many books should you bring with you?
  2. Should you also bring bookmarks, business cards, pens, and other swag?
  3. Does swag help in brand retention?
  4. How far ahead should you plan an event?
  5. If you have a book almost ready to publish should you promote it while selling your last book?
  6. Would you suggest a mailing list sign up sheet?

Thank you in advance, don’t be shy. This is what leads me to this blog post. I want to be able to face new readers with confidence. Won’t you help me figure this out, or even better join me?

Smashwords is having a catalog sale, The Path of the Child is on sale

I am not sure if you are familiar with Smashwords, but there are so many books there in ebook format.  Tomorrow, March 5. 2017, begins a week of discounted books in all genres. A sales catalog will be made available at midnight pacific time and for a solid week, books will be discounted 25%, 50% and 75% off original price.  Many will be free for this week.

My own book, The Path of the Child, is located on page 70 of the group titled over 50,000 words and about half way down. You can click the link and find it. There is a discount code provided as it is discounted by 50% to the price of $ .99.

The Path of the Child is the story of one lonely girls’ transition as she sets out to find her own backstory. A story that has been hidden away from her by her neglectful mother. Melanie is a strong young woman that will have to make many hard decisions but always with the hope of having a life complete with happiness and joy.  The path she travels is uplifting and trying and may be more than one person can handle.  Meet Melanie and share her journey today. I write under the pseudonym of Sojourner McConnell.


Discounted to .99 March 5-11, 2017


This is a great opportunity to pick up books and find new authors.  Many authors have several books available all at these deep discounts. This event only runs until the 11th of March, then the prices revert back.  The above links will not show the participating books until midnight PST, that is 3 am Est and 8 am GMT.

Take your nest egg and pick up a few new deep discounted book and have a nice read along. With the prices as they are, it is the perfect opportunity to bulk up that “to be read pile”.

Remember that the best gift you can give an author is an honest review.  It doesn’t take a wordy post, just a few words sharing your opinion of the book.  Authors love it and it helps a new book get a second glance.

I can’t wait to go shopping. See you at Smashwords.

Two Lovely New Amazon Reviews for The Path of the Child


Today a new review was submitted to Amazon and Goodreads for The Path of the Child, and it meant so much for me to read it.  Thank you for the wonderful uplifting review. It touches my heart to hear that Melanie’s  life and actions were recognized in the spirit in which they were meant.

5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice surprise!, October 26, 2016
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This review is from: The Path of the Child (Kindle Edition)
I am so glad a friend encouraged me to read this. It’s not my normal genre, but this book appealed to me from the moment I was introduced to Melanie. The author does a great job in generating genuine compassion for her main character, something that is easier said than done.

Throughout the book, we see the things that make Melanie who she is, but more importantly – what she does about them. No spoilers here, but I hope others will enjoy this story of friendship, hope, and the power of the human spirit.

I am boistered by people that say kind and rewarding things about the words I use and the people I create.  That makes the journey worthwhile.  I can truly say I have learned something about myself with each review, and I appreciate every one of them.

September 10th another review was posted. I missed sharing this review.  What a rewarding review this was.  Thank you both for your reviews, you have my gratitude.

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet uplifting story, September 10, 2016
This review is from: The Path of the Child (Paperback)
The path of a child was the first book I’ve read by Sojourner McConnel and I enjoyed this sweet story.

We read about the life of seventeen year old melanie and are pulled into her life and the struggles and fears of a hard childhood from a troubled home.

Not only do we see this story through Melanie’s eyes but we also get a look at all the people on her life. The unique writing brings a story from all perspectives giving us an emotional tale with a hopeful ending.

This is a wonderful uplifting YA story but certainly an adult read as well. Melanie and rob were sweet and adorable. A good friendship developing Into more.

Great read.

Four Reviews for The Path of the Child!

Checking on my book tonight I found there were four reviews that I had not mentioned before.  I appreciate these reviews so much. I get discouraged like everyone else, then I see a review on a book that was written with so much love and it lifts me through the ceiling. While I am floating I decided to thank them in public through the blog post.  Thank you all for reading and reviewing The Path of the Child.

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New Review on Goodreads for The Path of the Child.

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New Amazon Review: For The Path of the Child

By aarem
This review is from: The Path of the Child (Paperback)
Young Melanie Easton got no love from her mother who is fighting her own demons. But Melanie’s life changes dramatically when her classmate Rob gets her a job at a pizza place where he is employed part-time. Melanie had been so lonely that she finds her workplace home. The author is a skillful writer who takes us effortlessly through the many turns and twists in Melanie’s life. What happens to her friendship with the ever-helpful Rob? Well, this is the question that made me finish the book in two days, my other engagements notwithstanding. From the depiction of lifelike characters, one would suspect an autobiographical element in the theme. Five stars as this is the first book by the author.

I am so thankful for this unknown person’s review. I am not sure who aarem is but thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is reviews like this that keeps me writing the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am telling what happened to Melanie and Robert and their amazing friendship​. I look forward to announcing that the book is ready for publication in January.

Thank you again, aarem. You have made my day!

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Goodreads Review on The Path of the Child

Alp rated 4 out of 5 Stars

Shelves: fiction

“I refuse to be a person that cannot move forward in life due to the chains of their childhood.”

Reading this book made me feel so good inside, and I really mean it. It was a heart-touching story which grabbed me from the first few pages and I had a hard time putting it down.

This was the story of Melanie, a seventeen years old girl who grew up feeling unloved, unwanted, and uncared by her own mother. There had been no hugs, no affection, and almost no conversation between them. Although they lived in the same apartment, her mother left her alone to take care of herself most of the time. So she’d become a shy and quiet girl who kept to herself and had no friends at all.

One morning while Melanie was walking to school, a car pulled up alongside her and Robert, a boy in her class called her and asked if she wanted a ride. The moment she got into his car, she never knew her life would change forever.

Thankfully, Robert came into her life. He helped her come out of her shell, and helped her uncover her roots and trace her family she never knew exist. He was with her every step of the way through good times and bad times, or even the most major moments in her life, until she finally found a place she could really call home. Oh Robert, you have a heart of gold!

At first, I was so angry with Katherine, Melanie’s mother. I tried to find a reason why she hated Melanie so much and kept wondering why she treated her own child badly. But later when the truth was gradually revealed as the novel progresses, it was a little bit shocking to find out that (view spoiler). And then I felt sorry for both of them.

I admired Melanie for her strength and her bravery. Given all that she had been through, it was a miracle she never went down the wrong path. On the contrary, she pushed aside the negative feelings and determined to learn to stand on her own two feet.

This was such an inspiring read. It gave me more than I ever expected. It doesn’t matter how you grew up. You can’t change anything about the way you were raised, but you can always choose to be a better person. Don’t allow your past to dictate who you are and your future.

By the way, I enjoyed the warm feelings I got when reading this beautiful story. There were some intense and emotional moments that broke my heart again and again, yet there were moments of joy that I felt truly happy for Melanie and her family. Moreover, a little romance in this book literally brought a big smile to my face.

**Many thanks to the author for giving me the copy of this book.

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