You may not know this but there is a real art to mastering a book signing event, especially a dog book! I had no idea how much work it would be until we actually finished our book. In fact, I didn’t even know what a book signing was until then. There are three steps to this process: pre-signing preparation, the signing, and the aftermath.
Pre-Signing Preparation – This step is the most important as it defines our day. Aunt Kari is a true genius when it comes to this preparation. She comes up with our agenda for the day from the time we leave the house until the time we return home. The agenda always includes a stop at Starbucks (our moms love coffee!), a local dog park (or two), and sometimes a breakfast stop. This agenda keeps us on time for the book signing event and ensures that Max and I get the proper amount of exercise before our big day. The dog park stop is key to a successful day as Max and I love to romp around new dog parks and are always well behaved during the event because of this fact. An added bonus is that we get to visit a new dog park on an almost weekly basis and have even started a dog park review page on our website!
The Signing– This part is pretty simple for us as all we have to do is lay down near the table, look super cute (easy enough) and let our fans pet us and sometimes even take pictures with us. This is a breeze. Who wouldn’t want to be petted and admired by tons of people? Max and I really love meeting new people especially the children. After a couple of hours, I tend to need a break and try to hide under the table. As I am rather large, I usually do not fit all the way under the table which leaves my bum hanging out! This always seems to amuse you humans. Haven’t you ever seen a dog’s bum before? My Mom only lets me hide for a few minutes and then it is back out in front of the table in my typical sprawl pose. Max has the best plan when he needs a break. He jumps on Aunt Kari’s lap, rests his face on the table and takes a nap! It is really adorable and works like a charm to draw people over to say hi! Brilliant! One day I need to give that technique a try….
Aftermath– This basically consists of me getting into the car, sprawling out across the back seat and falling asleep. Max is usually asleep on the middle arm rest halfway in the front seat and halfway in the back seat. Before we know it, we are home and another work day is done! Every now and then we stop at a dog park on the way home, but usually it is a straight shot back. I can only speak for myself but it is hard work having a bunch of people pet and talk to you all day! Really, it is! The nap on the ride home is necessary, as no one wants to deal with a cranky dog like me.
So there you go, this is our plan for a successful book signing event and I have to say that Max and I are now masters at our craft!