“Funny how people are. Known for books that can make people pass out from nausea, Chuck Palahniuk in person is a gracious, sweet guy who really connected with the crowd at our event last Tuesday. He spent two to three minutes with each person who was getting a book signed, asking them questions and posing for pictures.” — Tom at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH
Don’t you wish it were always like this?
Not passing out from nausea while reading a novel, but meeting an author at a book signing who is genuinely glad you’re there.
After all, you’re giving up an afternoon or an evening. Perhaps it took you 30-40 minutes to get to the store and it will take you another 30-40 minutes to drive home.
Maybe you planned to buy the book anyway or maybe you heard something during the reading that caught your interest and you fished out a credit card and bought the book on an act of faith. At this point, I think you deserve more than an assembly-line book signing experience. We’ve all been to these and we’ve seen them on TV.
Sure, if 1000 people are lined up and the end of the line is five blocks away, the author–or, the store, at least–can’t afford a five minute chat per person. But how about a smile, a handshake, and a few questions about you? That shows an author is glad you’re there as contrasted with those who take you, your book reading experience, and your credit card for granted.
Good show, Chuck Palahniuk and RiverRun Bookstore.