This great picture is my very first book signing. (Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s first signing as well.) This is right after Writers of the Future Volume #1 came out. It is in front of a mall store in Moscow, Idaho.
Seated from left to right is Lori Anne White (who was in WotF#2), me, and Algis Budrys, the editor and author of many classics in science fiction. Standing is Nina Kiriki Hoffman, also in #1.
AJ was staying in my old bookstore on this trip. (I had sold the bookstore a year before, but AJ was also friends with the woman I sold it to.) I lived in an apartment about a block away from the store (I was single after the fire), Nina lived over the bookstore, and Lori lived a few blocks in the other direction. AJ would come into town, stay for a week, and his visits were always a blast, and a huge learning experience. AJ is one of the reasons I do these blogs and the workshops. I can’t pay him back since he has left us, but I can pay forward as he did.
I had not met Kris yet. And the first Writers of the Future workshop would not happen for another six months or so.
This was my first ever book signing and not one person besides a few friends bought a book. Not one. Great learning experience, watching people walk by in the mall and stare at the idiots sitting at the table. Sure gave me a quick learning of how real life works in publishing.
Also note, if you can see the books on the table, there were a few copies of The Clarion Awards edited by Damon Knight on the table, since that was my first published story along with a story from Nina and Lucius Shepard’s first published short story. Nina’s first story was in Asimov’s, her second Clarion Awards, her third WotF. My third, also out at the time, was in OUI Magazine, but I figured no point in having that there. (grin)