Monday, December 7, 2009

Book-Signing Etiquette

So, how embarrassing is this?  The Frugal Hostess didn't realize that The Pioneer Woman's Atlanta book-signing was happening tonight until yesterday afternoon.  Whoops.  Putting aside the fact that The Pioneer Woman is one of FruHo's favorite bloggers, TFH reads her blog every stinkin' day.  Duh.  How did this get missed?

Well, there's no use crying over spilled milk, so FruHo is going to the book-signing.  As she's pretty excited about it.

Except for one little thing.  FruHo has never been to a book-signing before.

Seriously, calm down.  It's not that big of a deal.  Shhhh.

Um, alright, yeah it is.  TFH loves to read and thinks writers are rock stars.  She knelt over F. Scott Fitzgerald's grave in Maryland and rubbed graphite across his tombstone (to make a rubbing, not to make it dirty), while a priest scowled at her.  Her heart went pitter-pat when she was introduced to Hollis Gillespie.  And she has a long list of future cat names derived from her favorite novels.  So, yeah, it's ridiculous that she hasn't been to a book-signing.

And, like a young child who never learns to swim, she wonders if it's too late to have her first experience.  Like, how do you act?  Is it weird to go by yourself?  Do you tell the writer that you love her work, or do you act like you're just there for the cookies?  Should you bring a copy of the book that looks like it's been read already, or should you buy a book at the hosting store?  You guys, what should FruHo do????

The Frugal Hostess is kind of nervous about this book-signing, so please give her some advice. You can also join the Frugalistas on Facebook for exclusive content, follow on Twitter @frugalhostess, or subscribe so that you always know when a new post appears.

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  1. Crack a joke when you step up to the table otherwise she will think you are uptight or weird. Then, after the ice is broken, move on to your groveling speech about how humbled you are to meet her...or go in a different direction.

  2. Hah! You should totally bring whichever book you want- I already have my copy from BlogHer so I'm bringing that. I know of Ree vaguely through the food blog world and just missed the chance to meet her in SF.

    As far as going by yourself, you don't have to! A small group of us are going - @brokesocialite, myself, and my friend Jen. You should meet up with US :)

    - tami

  3. This would be a case of the blind leading the blind.

    You may not have known me about a year ago but I reacted the SAME way when my idol, the Style Maven, a one Mr Isaac Mizrahi passed through "The A" to discuss/sign "How To Have Style". Since I was teetering on the verge of actually stalking him (, I recommend that you play it cool. With us.

    I'm just praying that I don't Gasp.Swoon.Faint.


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