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Tiara Tour 2010

Last week, I flew my mother-in-law out to watch the kids (including the baby. Yes, there were tears), packed up a rental car with candy necklaces and a sundry of princess swag, and headed out for
Tiara Tour 2010
Yes, it's a very official title.
Since my stops were all in the south, my publicist and I figured driving was the best bet. I would drive again in a heartbeat, as I often took back roads and saw new parts of the country. My first event was Huntsville, AL, which is about an hour and a half north of B'ham. (yes, Birmingham friends, I am doing a signing here. No, I don't know when). This wasn't just any old signing. This was...

THE JOINT EVENT OF AWESOME
with a writing bestie and publishing mate, Rachel Hawkins, she of HEX HALL fame. Rachel taught school near Huntsville, so quite a few teachers and students came. We did a reading and I lured some in with The Pinkness. Sweet and cute bloggers Crystal and Leah brought us cupcakes. Rachel and I went to dinner. I didn't think the evening could get any better.



Then Rachel and I decided to Diva Out and return to the store to request... ahem... the signing posters with our names, book covers, and author photos. After all, we'd wanted to do an AL signing since we met nearly two years ago. And it's cool to have a souvenir! And we were only wearing our sunglasses inside because it was exceptionally bright, NOT because we were shielding ourselves from the relentless paparazzi. RELENTLESS. This is what we explained to the bookseller. She then in turn had to call and ask her manager, explaining as we did that we are not divas, we just had a diva request. 
Divas or not, we are now in possession of the posters.
Since I had a six hour drive to Arkansas ahead, I bought THE WHITE QUEEN by Phillipa Gregory on CD--yes, I was keeping with the theme--and we did a quick YA walk by before leaving. We found a hidden display of our books and, naturally, squealed. Once those subsided, we started to discuss some of Other People's Books when a teen girl brushed past us and... picked up my book. I hid in the magna section in case she looked at the author photo, then at me and got freaked that I was stalking myself, although I was well hidden behind my sunglasses. But it was such a cool experience. Of all the books in that store, she picked up mine. Twas a marvel and delight.
And now, since both toddler and baby are demanding food although I just fed them (oh, um, three hours ago) a quick recap of my week...

THE SCHOOLS






I want to thank all the schools who welcomed me, Osceola Academic Center for Excellence, Gosnell Jr HIgh, Della Davidson Elementary School, and Hutchison School. Being as I just debuted, I'm new to school visits, but every place I went was a wonderful experience. Made me miss teaching, except for the whole writing-lesson-plans, worrying-about-students, standardized-tests, having-to-wear-professional-clothes-every-day part. But the kids! We talked about books and writing and royalty and the millions of dollars us writers apparently make. Also, made sure to spread the tiara-love, although some of the male recipients were... hesitant. One of my favorite student questions was, "So if you are from Las Vegas, live in Alabama, then what in the world are you doing in Gosnell, AR?" I don't know how I answered that, but gave that kid a bookmark for being so funny
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THE STORES



(Zombie/Princess display table. How hard does that rock?)
My signing experiences have been all over the map. I've had signings where we sold out of books, and I had one where we sold ONE BOOK. And every one of them--That Bookstore in Blytheville, Davis-Kidd, Square Books Jr., Lemuria Books, & Barnes and Noble--was great. Because I got to talk to book sellers and ask them questions and see how the indies hand sell. I experienced these wonderful stores and spent far too much money purchasing their staff picks. I had kids come in with their money wadded up in little plastic baggies and mothers excited to do a mother-daughter bookclub with my book and sweet elderly women who came because they like pink, not knowing it's a children's book, but since it is, might as well buy five for the grandkids. I had people who had already READ the book tell me their favorite parts (I don't know when that gets old. People read my book? Seriously?)
Sure, it's never fun when you see people redirect their steps so they don't have to walk by That Lonely Author (ha, I've done it myself), but I also know lots of the books are going to be hand sold later. And, hello? A few hours in a bookstore without my children chewing on book spines. Yes please.

THE TRAVELING

I got lost once or twice. I drove through a severe thunderstorm. I (children, look away) had to use a, um, lactation pump in the back back room of two schools. Talk about a diva request. I also stayed in different hotel rooms and ordered room service while I worked on the latest Princess for Hire book (as of now named Book 2. Guaranteed Bestseller). And I skyped my kids and alternated between missing them fiercely and enjoying my adventures. Now I'm home and back to messy ponytails and yoga pants, my eyeliner and dressy clothes tucked away for the next Authorly Occasion. Until then, I'll be doing more of this...



(Baby likes to watch herself on screen, so I open up photo booth and let her stare while I type. Not exactly a Mommy and Me class, but we still feel bonded. Look how protective of me she is with her arm. Stay back from my mommy, paparazzi!)

Comments

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meredith_wood
Apr. 16th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'm horribly sorry I missed you at Gosnell. :-( My own teen kiddo came down with a stomach virus. I thought about leaving her home alone and coming to see ya but my smarter self took over. She said, "If your daughter is sick then you could be getting sick and Lindsey really doesn't want you to make her sick on her awesome book tour, you dope!"

So I stayed home.
lindsey_leavitt
Apr. 26th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
No worries! One of those days, it happens. They were a fun group of kids. One asked if I knew you, actually and it was cool that I could say yes!
lisa_schroeder
Apr. 16th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Awesome recap! Please come to Oregon SOON!!
bec_fitzpatrick
Apr. 16th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Haha! I love this! So glad you had fun, even if you did have to make the lactation Diva request :)
tingilya
Apr. 16th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I SO hope Lemuria wasn't the store with one book sold. I wanted to be there so badly, but I was in New Orleans that day with my mom for the Tim McGraw/Lady Antebellum concert. I hated missing your signing!

Oh, and I hope you got to meet Joe at Lemuria. He and his wife are in my Sunday school class and are AWESOME people!

Edited at 2010-04-16 08:22 pm (UTC)
lindsey_leavitt
Apr. 26th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'm late in responding, but thanks for the comment! Tim McGraw is so awesome in concert, so I'm glad you went to that instead (plus, he's more fun to look at). I LOVED Lemuria, so I hope I hit it up again with another book.
lkmadigan
Apr. 16th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I'm so glad you did a tour post!

And Baby looks super-fierce - I will not mess with her.
angelacerrito
Apr. 16th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yay for the tour! Yay for you and Rachel...but esp a big YAY for all the kids who will now know Desi and her story!
lindsey_leavitt
Apr. 26th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And BTW, that was so sweet of you to buy P4H for those kids. Really really made my day.
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sboman
Apr. 17th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Love it, Lindsey, thanks for sharing!
stephanieburgis
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I love that last photo! And go you for managing the tour AND pumping along the way. Yay, mommy princess! :)
ext_127882
Apr. 18th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Sweet recap. And those wee little eyes glaring at the paparazzi cameras. She just might wave that binky around and add her own cute Diva magic.

Thanks for sharing!

~ Jackee
kellyrfineman
Apr. 19th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I'm so happy for your success!
ghandle
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I've read the book and love it! I know book 2 will be fabulous as well!
Don't kid yourself, baby binkies can go projectile if baby gets mad!
Gail
http:writefromthesoulvisualeyes.com
shellijohannes
Apr. 24th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
cant wait to see you at a birmhm signing. so happy for you.
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