Jason Pinter (best selling thriller writer) on Huff Post Media
Book Signings: Now, the sad truth is that unless you're a mega bestselling author, you're likely not to get more than 20-30 people at any given book signing. And every author, for certain, has had events with far less (I know I have). However, bookstores are far less likely (and likely not at all) to host events for authors who are ePublished. And though my first few book signings were about as relatively well-attended as the average Pittsburgh Pirates game, they meant the world to me. I remember friends and family standing outside stores imploring strangers to come inside. The first strangers came to my events with worn and tattered copies of my books asking for a signature. I had my very first book signing at a terrific independent store called the Black Orchid, where my father shopped for years. I had later events at the legendary Mysterious Bookshop, where I'd long dreamed of signing, as well as a well-attended event at my local Borders at Kips Bay.
Today, both the Black Orchid and Borders Kips Bay have closed their doors. As writing is such a solitary endeavor, experiencing these bittersweet moments made it all seem worthwhile.