What's the good word? It's National Grammar Day! Now, off you go, diagram a sentence for fun...
After reading about Sara's most excellent news, I happened across the Guardian blog's Sarah Weinman's piece on the devolution of her love affair with book signings. After working at a bookstore, trying to control the line speed and limit the number of people only seeking signatures for resale value, it all fell apart for her, and now, she actually turns down offers of signatures from authors on the basis that it doesn't mean anything to her -- and pretends a connection between an author and reader that does not exist, and yes, she told an author his signature meant nothing to her, to his face. Ooh.
This morning I got a note from my publicist asking me if I'll be home to do a book event at a bookstore "in my neck of the woods" (an independent that I hadn't heard of until I did a quick Google) in August, and I hemmed and hawed and said of course I'd be available. (Saying "Yes" is part of the trick, right Sara?) But now that I've said yes, I'm (getting hives?) wondering... what it means to have a signed book. I bump this question to the well-traveled Robin Brande and to others of you who schmooze and meet/greet on a regular basis. Especially when you're first starting out, what's the point of signing books? What does it mean? Does it really confer value? Booksellers, book event people, what do you think? Would a writer's time be better spent doing something else when meeting the public? I'd like to hear from the book-signing junkies, too. What does this mean to you?
Meanwhile, the the AP seems shocked that children's book art is... big news. Um. Could've asked Jules and Eisha that one. Have you seen that they're now interviewing up and coming picture book people now? How cool is that?
This is a Freebie I found via the mental_floss blog: Story Online -- children's books read by actors and the occasional ex vice president. Also check out ten of the top chemistry videos of all time. Watch things blow up, melt down, and transmute into amazing colors while you have your coffee.