Keith St.Onge with Karen Putz
To be honest, my first book signing was nerve racking. I have competed in National and World Championships before, but this was different. I guess it was fear of the unknown. Would one person show up or would there be many? Stepping into a new world of being an author while doing book signings was different than standing on the dock preparing to barefoot water ski. One thing I knew for sure, my intentions were to help others and I was confident my book, Gliding Soles, Lessons from a Life on Water, would do just that.
L-R, Kendra (sister), Lauren (wife), Mother & Father. Thank you for your loving support!
My first signing was at the local bookstore in Berlin, NH hosted by SaVoir Flare. We started at 3 p.m. and nobody showed up. I had several books set up with my Sharpie in hand. A few costumers rolled through the store– not knowing I was doing a book signing and bought a book. Shortly after that, around 3:15 p.m., faces I hadn’t seen in years began coming through the door. I had teachers that followed my career since they had me in school buy the book. It was great catching up with everyone and I thank them for their support.
I was ecstatic by the end of the night. I had only five books left out of many and the bookstore bought them to resell. I walked away with an empty box and a full heart after rekindling relationships with friends and teachers.
My favorite teacher Mrs. Provencher & I.
The next day, I had a book signing between 2-4 p.m. in Gorham, NH at the White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore. I was nervous again, but since the response in Berlin was so positive, my spirit and attitude were kept high. I had a few more teachers visit the store to purchase books. I never realized how many teachers followed my career.
High school teacher Mr. Stever and I.
I was speaking to one of my past teachers, Mr. Stever and he shared a story with me. For one of my projects in his class I had to do an oral presentation. I chose to speak about barefoot water ski jumping. I had to be precise on how I jumped and landed. He then explained that he had been using my presentation as an example for his classes the past seventeen years. I was blown away. He also showed me a pin I left for him after using it for the project.
Enjoying the moment while seeing my book on the shelf!!
Like all authors, I hope my book can climb the ranks and be a part of the Bestsellers list someday. That is no easy task, but for now I have been enjoying the wonderful comments people are sharing with me personally and under the customer reviews on Amazon. If you are reading this and have read my book, I would welcome a review. It would be appreciated by me and others who may be thinking about buying the book.
It would be a dream come true if my book made it to the Best Sellers list one day.
I would like to thank everyone who made my first book signings a success and I sincerely hope you enjoy the book. There are great life lessons we can all use, as we never stop learning.