My first-ever book signing was today.
I’m probably supposed to be all, It was so amazing to see everyone! But actually I’m all, I am so proud of myself for not vomiting!
My friend Audrey of Sass Mouth, who shared a table with me today, sent over a quote this morning that really helped. We were talking about how nervous we felt and then she said, “I’m going to Mindy Kaling this bitch.” Has anyone ever said that to you? It was a first for me. I laughed and I waited for her to “Mindy Kaling” it … whatever that meant.
And then I received these words: Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched. Mindy Kaling said that. She’s very wise.
To the people who came out in monsoon-like conditions to see me: a mere “thank you” does not suffice. I teared up countless times today from the overwhelming emotion that one feels when they pour themselves into an art form and people actually respond to it. I kept saying “It’s just an essay!” And everyone said, “IT’S AN ESSAY IN A BOOK THAT I’M HOLDING!”
Saying thank you is not enough, but it’s all I can muster at the end of this crazy week. So … thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for being there. Thank you for responding to my words … OMG I’m crying again. This is just the beginning — of what, I’m not sure — but it feels like something big.
To every person who has placed an order for a book, THANK YOU! Tomorrow I’ll be signing them and preparing them for shipment.
As it turns out, putting on lip gloss and pretending to be psyched actually makes everything awesome.
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