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Popular Authors Encourage Debut Novelist After Just Two People Attended Her Book Signing

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Last Updated: December 07, 2022, 18:20 IST

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Things took a rather beautiful turn when famous authors came together to make Chelsea feel better with their own first book-signing stories. (Credits: Reuters/ Twitter)

Things took a rather beautiful turn when famous authors came together to make Chelsea feel better with their own first book-signing stories. (Credits: Reuters/ Twitter)

There is a certain reassurance when these super successful people let you know they were once in your shoes.

After pouring your blood, sweat, and tears into writing a book, it is only natural to want other people to love reading a book as much as you loved writing it. But debut author Chelsea Banning’s hopes came crashing down when only two people showed up for her book signing event. In a tweet, she vented out her well-deserved frustration as she wrote, “Only 2 people came to my author signing yesterday, so I was pretty bummed about it. Especially as 37 people responded “going” to the event. Kind of upset, honestly, and a little embarrassed.” Check it out here:

However, things took a rather beautiful turn when famous authors came together to make Chelsea feel better with their own first book-signing stories. There is a certain reassurance when these super successful people let you know they were once in your shoes. “I did a book reading where only my husband’s cousin showed up. One person. I’ll never forget that reading,” wrote Korean- American author Min Jin Lee, best known for her novel Pachinko.

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American author Stephen King tweeted, “At my first SALEM’S LOT signing, I had one customer. A fat kid who said, “Hey bud, do you know where there’s some Nazi books?”

“Once sat out in front of a mall bookshop for a signing. No one stopped, until the very end, when an old guy paused, looked at me, looked at the books, looked at me, approached and asked, ‘Do they sell flags here?’” wrote Canadian author Linwood Barclay

Meanwhile, a Twitter user shared that she worked at a bookstore for 15 years. No one showing up for a signing is in fact not unusual even for well-known authors. So, having two people show up was ‘pretty cool.’

Since being shared on Sunday, Chelsea has received over 73 thousand likes on her tweet and several other Twitter users came together to try cheering up the author on her debut with a fantasy novel Of Crows and Legends.

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first published:December 07, 2022, 18:20 IST
last updated:December 07, 2022, 18:20 IST
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