Cluelessness at Its Best
I promised you a good BEA story, right?
Well, I never renege on a promise, so here goes…
As you all know, I was at BEA on Sunday for my signing, feeling really grateful that we had a long and steady line on the last and slowest day of the conference. If you’ve ever attended one of my signings, you know that I like to make personal contact with each and every person, even though it makes the line move just a tad slower. I make a point of asking for the person’s name, even if I’m signing the book for a friend or relative, just so I can say hello and chat for a second. At conferences like BEA, this is typically made much easier by the convenient use of name badges!
So, I’m signing away and this nice-looking guy comes up to the table asking me to sign a book for his wife. As I’m writing, I notice his name tag is flipped so I can’t address him, but he’s very friendly and asks me is this is my first book.
I smile, saying, “Well, it’s my first published book, but it was the fifth book I’d actually written, which I guess goes to show that you just have to stick with it.”
He chuckles a little. “Yes, it does.”
A while later my publicist returns to the signing table and she and my editor start whispering and laughing. When I ask them what’s up, they inform me that the guy asking for a book for his wife was Nicholas Sparks. I guess he’d turned his name tag on purpose…
I was telling Nicholas Sparks to keep writing! Not to give up!
Can you say mortified?
Oh, well. He seemed like a genuinely nice person and, ironically, his publication story was one of the most inspiring for me when I was writing and still subbing to agents. Maybe because we were both sales people in our former lives.
Full circle, indeed. 😀