With a few days left before my first official book signing I find myself full of questions, riding an emotional roller coaster peaked with highs and lows. It’s all mostly good yet I don’t know what I don’t know.

I spent some quiet time reflecting with God over the upcoming events during the last few days. It’s been a blessing to be alone with Him and my thoughts.

Much like a wedding, so much time and effort has gone into planning the publishing of the book. Now myself and the co-authors are feeling like we are at loose ends as the book has been birthed and we are preparing to show our book baby to the world.

Book Signing Tips

Do you know where to sign? Did you know ink matters? Have you practiced your signature? Whether you are at an event or are approached somewhere else there’s a way a book signing is done. I found some very good pointers in this article by Mary Robinette Kowal which you can read here.

My top three takeaways from the article:

  1. Do not use your legal signature.
  2. Practice your signature
  3. Always carry a pen with you.

Anticipation is making me wait

Being a lover of music and song I could rattle off at least three different song segments that would leave you with a song stuck in your head instead of taking in the last part of what I want to share with you. The waiting has been one of the most challenging aspects of this whole experience. A nature born overachiever, I had to be among the first to submit my writer agreement forms, draft for the book, photos for the picture collages and anything else that was due. So the I threw myself into this mode of hurry up and wait.

First in does not guarantee first out. Along with my own personal quest to be first, I found myself second-guessing the story I shared. Did I shared to much or not enough? Not knowing what story others shared I began to question if I was equipped for the responsibility that comes with sharing life experience.

United by faith

This could have gone either way. There are times when I get my signals crossed and have a hard time distinguishing who is whispering in my ear. Let’s just admit it, the enemy is busy and he wants to still our joy. Just when we think we are doing the right thing for the right reasons at the right moment, he likes to throw a wrench in the most carefully laid plans.

The blessing of time spent alone with God has helped me weather the storm. Not to mention the safety in numbers–twenty-three women united in and through The Art of Brave Living. We prayed, we wrote, we published.

The Art of Brave Living

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