And not far from the truth. Crowds of fans — and book purchasers — might be the norm at book signings by the rich and famous, but my guess is Mr. Hall’s video captures the more typical scenario.
Yesterday I was among thirty authors at the Gospel Book Store in Berlin, Ohio, participating in that town’s kick-off to the Christmas season.
I wish I’d have brought a camera, because it was a fun event. The majority of the authors were Amish (you might be able to tell that from the names on the list of participants), or wrote about the Amish, like Dr. Elton Lehman. We were all spread throughout the lobby of the German Village Shopping Center. I was situated outside the entrance to Mast Pharmacy, right beside the ATM machine. (Don’t worry, I was careful to avert my gaze whenever a customer used it.)
From the perspective of Eli Hostetler, the bookstore’s owner, the event was a success. I saw a lot of people not only browsing, but buying books. Several of them had big armloads, and one lady commented she should have grabbed a cart from the nearby grocery store. The crowd flowed through steadily all morning and well into the afternoon — the official hours were 9 am to 2 pm, but I left at 2:15 and several customers were still there, visiting with the authors.
The OTHER authors. The Amish ones.
As an Englisher and a science fiction writer, I was not exactly the most popular kid on the block. The ATM got more business than I did.
But it was a fun day, I enjoyed sharing a table with Lil Duncan, and I’m happy to report that I sold twice as many books as I did at my past two book signings combined. That’s right, I sold two yesterday.
Oh, and this is interesting. One of the other authors there had a familiar name: Trevor Littleton, author of Shadows. His name was familiar because he grew up a few houses down the road from me and is the same age as my second daughter. He’s now a pastor in Millersburg, Ohio, is married and a father, and in his spare time, a fiction writer. Nice guy. I don’t know how many he sold, since I couldn’t see from where I was sitting.
I’m grateful to Mr. Hostetler for extending the invitation for me to participate in the event. His primary goal, other than offering good books to his customers, is to support local Amish authors in their efforts to memorialize a unique culture so it won’t fade away and be forgotten. His attempt to promote The Story in the Stars along with the rest was an act of generosity, and I appreciate it.
I should have made a video.