Life is made of experiences and memories. I don’t remember the release for any of our books, not even the first one. But I will never forget this one.
As some of you know, Peter from Powell’s had mentioned to me that they ordered 50 copies of MAGIC BLEEDS. Someone on Twitter asked me if Powell’s would have enough and I assured them that of course, they would – they had 50 copies.
To me 50 copies is like 1,000 copies in terms of signings – it is a humongous number. I’m used to a couple of people over the course of three hours or so. Honestly, if seven people showed up with our books, I would be thrilled. I knew we could probably get some of Devon and Lili’s fans too, so I wasn’t too worried.
Then the Twitter exploded with preorders. At some point Peter emailed me, a bit shocked. “We’re ordering more copies.”
At that point Gordon told me, “Ilona, I think there might be more than 7 people.”
Heh. Silly man.
As the signing drew closer, we started getting worried emails. “We might not have enough time to chat with you at signing.”
Okay, honestly, the thing starts at 7:00 pm, it ends at 10:00 pm. Three hours. That is totally plenty of time for seven people.
Our friend Reece flew in from California. I told her about the emails and she said, “You should do a coffee.”
And I said, “Nobody will come.”
And she said, “You are a crazy person.”
So we decided to do a coffee. Reece is very difficult to argue with. She looks at you and says, “No!”
So we arrived to the coffee at Starbucks. It was rainy and we sat in side, then outside, then inside again… And suddenly people started to show up. And then we had ten people. That was three more than I thought would come to the signing.
OMG. Doesn’t compute.
More people came. Some left. Some returned. Finally Meljean Brook walked through the door and I hugged her and told her, “People are here!”
She said, “I know.”
We drank more coffee. At some point Gordon left to fetch the kids and then they were back with T-shirts and foreign editions of the books to give away.
We all headed down to the signing.
Powells sits kind of at the end of a long hallways within the mall, and as we were walking, I realized the store was full.
It looked kind of like that:
Rows and rows of seats and people standing in the back.
We took our seats next to Devon Monk and Lili Saintcrow, who were both as gracious and nice as they could be.
We all agreed to skip the reading in favor of doing an hour of Q&A. The event was photographed by Kid 1 and Kid 2. Here is a video one of them took – against Powell’s policy. It’s mostly me yakking, but the main thing is the stealthy blond ninja who keeps moving through it. Watch it, you’ll see what I mean.
In case you’re wondering why she exercised her stealth powers – Gordon was very sick and she was bringing him cough drops.
Also, I need to lose weight and wave my arms less, lol.
And once the Q&A ended, Powell’s guys jumped up and started announcing, “Tickets xxx through xx10, please come to the table.” You know how when you board the plane, they announce over the intercom, “Now boarding zones one through two” ? It was kind of like that.
We started to sign, trying to give everyone a bit of personal attention, while the Powell’s employees gave away the T-shirts and totes Devon brought with terrifying efficiency. I looked up and it was all gone. It was awesome.
We signed and we signed and we signed. We were both sick and Gordon’s voice was giving out, and then Russ, Devon’s husband, came up to the table and asked if we would like some hot tea. And we said that we’d kill for hot tea. He brought us hot tea! That hot tea is the only reason we made it through the signing. We totally owe Russ a huge drink.
One of Gordon’s friends brought beer. Dina James brought me yarn and dog treats for the monster dogs. People brought stack and stacks of books, and my hand started hurting.
Finally the line was done. It was past ten. Suddenly Peter and his colleague brought out a shelf on wheels full with more books. The signed preorders arrived. Eighty four books.
Eighty four. You broke all expectations and records.
It was past eleven when we left.
More pictures are here: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/extras/pictures-from-signing-at-powells-05252010/
It was totally an incredible experience. Thank you so much, guys.