For marketing practitioners, one ideal place for a book-signing blitz is Cebu City. Everything is five minutes away; you have the luxury of getting to several places in one day.
We did just that over the weekend.
Mounted by my publisher, OMF Lit (Cebu branch), our book tour in two and a half days (the remaining half of my three days there was for a seminar, which deserves a separate post) covered three schools, two book stores (twice), and two book tables after two church services.
Hectic, yes, but the rewards outweighed the punishing pace. Whose heart won’t melt with candid remarks such as these?
“Mateo struck me all the time! Do you have a new one that will struck [sic] me some more?”
“I learned from ‘No Lipstick for Mother’ never to be afraid of my mom.”
“You have no new devotional?! Are you too, uh, lazy to write another one?”
“My favorite page in ‘Super Devos’ is page 1 to page 365. I like, I like, I like.” (She flips every page.)
“My name is Alysha, and you haven’t written about me yet.”
“‘Grace found Me’ was my companion every day for a year. Now it’s going to be ‘Grace@Work.’” (A lady in her 50’s)
“Please sign 26 copies of ‘Grace@Work’ for the teachers in my school. Would you write something encouraging for each one?” (A young lady school administrator)
“I need ‘Grace@Work’ to help me deal with stress.” (A gentleman engineer who works in Dubai)
“It’s a gift for a friend of mine, but her birthday isn’t till next month, so I will have time to read it first.” (A female yuppie)
I replied, “Grace@Work’ is a devotional. You need to read only one a day so you can reflect on it.”
“Oh, then I need to get myself one," she said, quickly taking a copy from the shelf.
There are more, all written in my memory. The term that people steeped in marketing use is book-signing blitz, but for me, it really was a blitz of grace.
"May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2 (NLT)