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Deploy That Fabric- Book Signing

on Jun 3, 2011 in Blog, book, recycle | 4 comments

Ok, my favorite blog readers know that I was recently in New York to sign the first copies of my book.  (Holy Jeepers!)  I’ve never been to NYC before, so I have just tons to show you!  In fact, I have a whole blog post written (in my mind) on Mood and the fashion district, alone!  But for now- back to the book signing-

Deploy That Fabric

The FIRST copies of my little book, Deploy That Fabric

I was invited to attend the BEA book trade show at the Javits Center on the western side of Manhattan.  C&T Publishing invited me.  I was to be there at 2pm.  One of my closest friends and myself arrived a bit early to check out the show.  There were quite a few authors there.  In fact, we saw a few famous people.   Well, famous people who you might not think of having their own books.  First up was Michael Moore.  Yeh, the crazy film guy.  We just caught a glimpse of him and I have to say, I wasn’t to interested in seeing anything he had done.  Next we saw Duff McKagan, the bassist from Guns ‘N Roses, doing a book signing.  My inner 13-year-old self was pretty excited.    James Patterson was doing a signing at the same time I was!   Ok, and if that wasn’t enough- we saw Flavor Flav.  The guy who wears clocks as necklaces.  You know who I’m talking about.  I guess he has a book out, too.  Honestly, of all the “big” people we saw, not only was he literally the shortest, but he was also the one with the biggest crowd.  Crazy!

My friend is in sales, in the oil industry.  She can sell stuff!  That turned out really well when Amy, from C&T, and she held up copies of the book to indicate “Book Signing HERE”.  Y’all, I had a line!  A LINE.

Book Signing

The show is open to large book stores, small book stores, indie book stores, librarians, authors, publishers, etc.  I have to say, most of the people in my line seemed to be librarians.  I was really flattered when the librarians, who know all sorts about ALL sorts of books, said they hadn’t seen anything like my title before.  I know the recycled uniform patterns (and now book) are definitely the first of their kind and it was great to hear it from others.

C&T Booth

I'm on the left, she's on the right. C&T Publishing booth

The whole experience was very surreal.  Honestly, that is a crazy understatement.   I am super jazzed for the big book release to the quilting industry at the Houston Quilt Market later this year.  I don’t know if you can see that little bag right by my right elbow-  It is the first mock up of the tote, with my Triangle Jubilee pattern printed on the messenger flap.  I cannot wait to get one of those!

The book is available for pre-order now and will ship later in July.  Turns out, the 140 copies I signed, in 45 minutes, had to be specially flown in for this show.

Thanks for enjoying the virtual Book Expo America with me.  Now I need to go edit the pictures from the Fashion District, to share with ya.

    4 Comments

  1. Woohoo! Look at you all famous and stuff :D Congratulations!

    Barb Colvin

    June 4, 2011

  2. I think it’s so cool you wrote a book. Now I can say I know someone famous!

    Christina

    June 4, 2011

  3. So excited to have found you at craftgossip.com!
    My husband recently retired from the Navy and gave me all of his old uniforms (he also did a tour with the army so I have all kinds of fun stuff!) – I’ve been wondering what the heck I was going to do with them. I NEED your book!! :)

    Brandy

    June 7, 2011

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