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A Few Observations On Publication Day

So yesterday was it.  The book came out, I gave a talk and did two signings, and met a lot of wonderful people.  I was overwhelmed emotionally.  I knew it would be a special day, but it affected me more than I could have anticipated.

Here are a few things I noticed and noted:

  • Before my talk, I didn’t realize how nervous I was until the server at the luncheon kept saying, “Aren’t you going to eat your salad? You don’t like salad?”  I protested that I would eat it as soon as I was done, but that anything I chewed tasted like ashes for the moment.  Then I ate the cake first and made a liar of myself, because the cake was still really good. 
  • I bought new dress shirts a couple of months ago, just for the tour.  Then I started doing a bunch of neck work with the Ironmind head strap thing.  Now all of my shirts are too tight in the neck and today my throat is all red.  I suppose that’s my own fault.
  • I obviously don’t smile enough.  By the end of the second event my face felt like it was breaking.  Trying to get more practice.
  • There is nothing I love more than speaking, unless it is speaking to a group of librarians
  • I love librarians–there were a few hundred people in the room at the talk, and I felt like I knew everyone immediately
  • I can give 45 hugs in an hour, but then I’m all hugged out and I have to hide in my truck
  • It’s easier to pretend you’re a big deal in another city–in your own town people know you too well
  • Sharpies are the pen of choice–Sharpie, please sponsor me or I’ll switch to crayola crayons. This offer expires in 24 hours
  • Standing all day is exhausting–I spend too much time in chairs
  • When I run out of clever things to inscribe, I start drawing pictures, sometimes with disastrous results
  • While I was hiding in my truck, I read The Devil In The White City and totally forgot where and who I was

More to come!

PS: If you have read the book, I would appreciate reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads.  Please be honest in what you write, don’t go fill out a five star review just because we’re pals.  But when you finish the book, if you think that’s what it deserves, well, go nuts.

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  • Jerrie May 3, 2013, 12:18 pm

    I haven’t picked up your book yet, but I can’t wait…It’s on my list to get soon! I’m planning on seeing you in Seattle. Yay! Congrats on everything!

    • Josh Hanagarne May 3, 2013, 1:05 pm

      Thanks Jerrie, please come say hi when I’m there.

      • Jerrie May 3, 2013, 10:09 pm

        I shall…and there’s an awesome ferris wheel on the waterfront in Seattle!

        • Josh Hanagarne May 4, 2013, 8:40 am

          All right, let’s do it. But you have to pat my hand and say “there there” if I get too scared at the top.

  • Justin Viskoc May 3, 2013, 2:16 pm

    I just got my library’s copy yesterday and started reading it this morning. Your first few pages were fantastic – I’m sure the rest will be the same.

  • Melody Tolson May 3, 2013, 3:26 pm

    I get to pick my copy up tomorrow at the bookstore beside my 8am meeting. I’m really looking forward to having it in hand. Also looking forward to hearing whatever you have to say about Devil in the White City, which is definitely on my Top Books That Have Rocked My World. Non-fiction that reads like a page turning thriller. Best of both worlds and a ferris wheel to boot!

    • Josh Hanagarne May 3, 2013, 4:10 pm

      There is simply no competing with a ferris wheel.

  • Jennifer May 3, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Cake is ALWAYS good 😉

    I don’t suppose you’ll be making it to the northern reaches of Wisconsin to do a signing?

    Congrats and best wishes Josh!

  • Jessica J May 3, 2013, 8:19 pm

    I can’t wait to read the book; I wasn’t able to come to any of the signings but I sent my sister to get a book signed.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 3, 2013, 9:44 pm

      She came, I signed your book and tried not to cry because you weren’t there.

  • Lynn Taylor May 4, 2013, 9:15 am

    We would love to come to your book signing in ST Louis. When will you be there? And what are the hours?

  • Evelyne Holingue May 4, 2013, 10:31 am

    Of course, I will read your book. Your first impressions on publication day are, like everything you write, funny and yet packed with emotion.
    Are you coming to Central California someday for a signing? People would love it, here.
    Warm regards.

    • Josh Hanagarne May 4, 2013, 11:58 am

      I hope so! Please pester the publisher and demand that I come visit!

  • Tom King May 4, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Came here from copyblogger… love your stuff!

  • Angie Rhodes May 6, 2013, 11:18 am


    I love this quote from your book. It’s how I’ve felt my whole life, but I’ve never been able to say it so eloquently:

    “…I’m inveterately curious, and because, like most librarians, I’m not well suited to anything else. As a breed, we’re the ultimate generalists. I’ll never know everything about anything, but I’ll know something about almost everything and that’s how I like to live.”

    The book is also quite witty. I’m trying to carve out a chunk of time to finish it before your visit this Saturday!

    Angie Rhodes, Librarian
    St. Charles City-County Library District

  • Lysbeth Abrams May 6, 2013, 7:37 pm

    I just finished a galley of your book, I loved it, and I only wish I’d read it sooner so that I could have told people about it before it came out; I work in a bookstore, and in my spare time I am a library trustee, and I like to run and lift weights (nothing like what you do), so when the galley came in, I immediately grabbed it. I do not have Tourette’s or even know anyone with Tourette’s, so I cannot possibly begin to imagine what you are living with. But one of the things that I really love about your book is the way you talk about your struggles with your faith in such a compassionate way; you aren’t dismissive, or scornful, or righteous, and you don’t make fun (I really hate the ironic tone of agnostics) of people who believe, or don’t believe. My husband and I are different faiths, and we have made our marriage work for 27 years while raising three boys in my faith. Really, it does boil down to the church of Don’t Be A Dick.