Best-selling authors gathered around a new novelist after he said he was “disturbed and embarrassed” by the lack of attendance at his book signing.
On Sunday, writer Chelsea Banning tweeted her frustration that only two people showed up for the signing of her debut fantasy novel, Tales of Crowns and Legends, after dozens of people had registered for the event.
“Yesterday only two people showed up for the author signing, which was pretty disappointing, especially since 37 people said they would ‘go’ to the event. To be honest, I was a little upset and a little embarrassed,” she said. murmured.
The tweet garnered responses from some of the world’s biggest authors who offered her moral support by sharing similar stories early in her career.
Margaret Atwood, author of “The Handmaids Tale,” was one of the first to chime in, sharing her embarrassing time being a clerk at one of the book signings.
“Join the club. We did an autograph session, but nobody came. Except a guy who wanted to buy a Scotch tape and thought I could help. :),” she said. I was. murmured.
British author Neil Gaiman also responded to the banning by tweeting about a sign that none showed up.
“Terry Pratchett and I signed autographs in Manhattan for Good Omens, but nobody came. murmured.
Even author Stephen King shared a similar experience, recounting when just one interesting customer turned up.
“At the first SALEM’S LOT autograph session, we had a customer. A fat kid said, ‘Hey, do you know where the Nazi books are?’ murmured.
Banning says he has sold nearly 500 digital copies since the tweet went viral. This is the first work in a trilogy about the children of King Arthur.
“In the last few days, I am reporting 474 digital copies of my book have been sold. Many thanks to all,” she said. murmured on tuesday.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chelsea-banning-book-signing-no-shows-margaret-atwood-stephen-king-respond/ No one came to the autograph session for the new writer. Afterwards, she received messages of support from Margaret Atwood and Stephen King.