It sounded like a win-win, but I’m cautious by nature—usually. “Tell me more.”
Just a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon, and the local Star Wars re-enactors would be there to draw people to the store.
Not just publicity and sales for me and money for the library, but fun. “I’d be happy to do it,” I told them.
So I turned up at B&N at the proper time and there were Darth Vader, Princess Leia, a nice selection of troopers, and a Wookie, standing around a table holding my books. I sat myself down, Darth Vader wheezing through his mask at the back of my neck. We chatted about their organization, licensed by the Star Wars franchise to make charity appearances, provided their costumes were really authentic-looking.
The customers came. Well, “customers” is the wrong word. A series of parents came with children who wanted to be photographed with the Star Wars characters. One little girl particularly wanted Princess Leia, but alas, by that time she’d had to leave to pick up her son from soccer practice.
The one thing they didn’t come for was to buy mysteries set in England in the 1920s. I sold two or three, but it couldn’t be called a successful event for the library, B&N, or me.
Ah well, at least they did have my books in the store. I’ve turned up for B&N signings, advertised long in advance, where they didn’t have a single copy of any of my 50+ books!
|Carola Dunn is author of the Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, Cornish Mysteries, and multitudinous Regencies.|