One week from today, October 6, I’ll be signing copies of Little One Lost: Living with Early Infant Loss at Pella’s new The Sanctuary Coffeehouse and Christian bookstore.
If you regularly read this blog, you’ll know that I did a book signing on July 5, one of the hottest days of the year. It was a Thursday evening, but all the special “Thursday Nights in Pella” events were cancelled. The usually bustling square was as quiet as a ghost town. Yet I had a steady stream of faithful friends, family, and acquaintances who braved the sweltering heat to purchase a book and ask me to sign it. I went home that evening with zero books and the owner’s encouragement to come back and do another signing.
Marketing wasn’t an extremely high priority for me during this past hectic summer. But when I heard about plans for an October 7 walk to raise awareness of infant loss, I thought it would be appropriate to schedule another signing about the same time.
You may not know this, but October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Pella Regional Health Center‘s Empty Cradle program is sponsoring A Walk to Remember at 2:00 p.m. on October 7. My book is now available at The Sanctuary and I’ve scheduled my book signing there to coincide with the same weekend at Empty Cradle’s memorial walk.
One never knows how many (or few!) people will show up for a book signing, but I’m confident that the temperature will not be 105 degrees this time. Stop in and see me at The Sanctuary Coffeehouse next Saturday morning. If you live out of town, fall is the perfect time to visit Pella (our famous bakeries are just a few doors from the bookstore!). It’s not too early to think about Christmas gifts for friends or family. You may want to have a few copies of Little One Lost on hand to give to other people when the need arises. Even if you don’t buy a book, please stop in for a free bookmark or just to talk. I’d love to visit with you or hear your story!
I’ll be at The Sanctuary, 717 Main Street, in Pella from 10:00 until noon on Saturday, October 7. Hope to see you there!