The literary world is wonderful

Author Chelsea Banning sent a sad little tweet into the ether this week:

Only 2 people came to my author signing yesterday, so I was pretty bummed about it. Especially as 37 people responded “going” to the event. Kind of upset, honestly, and a little embarrassed.CHELSEABWRITES

And she received solidarity well wishes from a few well known names…

I once did an event for CHOCOLAT in Glasgow, where the only person who turned up was an old man who had come in out of the rain.JOANNE HARRIS 

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Join the club. I did a signing to which Nobody came, except a guy who wanted to buy some Scotch tape and thought I was the help. MARGARET ATWOOD 

I was once invited to a crime writers’ festival. Colin Dexter was on at the same time. Only one person showed up for me. We chatted for a while and I told him how glad I was that he’d come. He said, “Actually I’m Ian Rankin and I was supposed to be introducing you.”JONATHAN COE 

Terry Pratchett and I did a signing in Manhattan for Good Omens that nobody came to at all. So you are two up on us.NEIL GAIMAN 

I worked on my first book for 4 years. Six people came to the first reading. One person was someone I knew who foresaw the worst and brought 4 family members. The sixth person came in out of the rain. When you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, laugh. And congrats on your book.MIKE HARRIS 

I did a signing in Cambridge and only one person showed up. He didn’t buy a book; he just wanted to tell someone that he’d had a dream about being a wizard.GARETH L POWELL 

I have sat lonely at a signing table many times only to have someone approach…and ask me where the bathroom is.JODI PICOULT

I has to sit at a signing table once in Stansted Airport. For TWO HOURS. Nobody came to buy a book but a zillion people came to ask me their gate numbers. In the end I just memorised the gate numbers and helped them out. Do not be downhearted. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxJENNY COLGAN 

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