Thursday, January 29, 2009

At the sign of the woot

Posted by: Jessa Slade
Currently working on: Book 2 of The Marked Souls
Mood: Late


I haven't signed my book yet, since it's not out until October, but I have already learned valuable lessons here this month:
  • Be able to point out the nearest restroom.
  • Bring your own chocolate.
  • Seriously consider whether being a signing author actually is preferable to major dental surgery without anesthesia

But I'll have to try it, of course, if only to have my own horror story -- and hopefully an inspirational message too -- to someday share.

For now, all I have in the way of funny booksigning stories is this: I took my XY to a friend's booksigning once. (A male. At a romance booksigning. Yeah, see how that's funny alreayd?) Since my XY is a musician, we see a lot of rock shows. So at the booksigning, when they introduced my friend, my XY wooted. Loudly. Like you'd do in a dark nightclub full of half-deaf hipsters when the amps are already cranked to 9. All the romance ladies around us turned to stare. My XY asked, "Don't writers woot?"

I think the lesson here is we all need to woot more for our signing authors.

So here's your task, a literary rockstar theme song meme I ran across on the web awhile back. It goes a little something like this:

Find a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer and post the lyrics on your blog and why you've chosen it. It doesn't have to be your favourite song, it just has to express how you feel about writing and/or being a writer. It can be literal, metaphorical, about a particular form or aspect of writing - whatever you want.

My literary rockstar theme song is Fugazi's Waiting Room. For more, click here. So what's yours?

9 comments:

Genene Valleau said...

Ah, Jessa, since my first three books were connected to rock band members, this should be easy for me, right?

Well, um, I'm one of those writers who wants silence to do my intense writing. No talking, no dogs barking, no music.

And since I'm, ahem, a few years older than you, my theme music would be considered classic rock, I'm sure! But I like this idea and I feel another redesign of my Web site coming on. Argh! Not until I finish my "to do" list.

Love the "woot" too! It would be great to have the bucks to hire a band to play at a booksigning for my band-related heroes. What a great promo hook: books and bands!

Delle Jacobs said...

I've never been into rock, and I mostly play instrumental music, so I guess I'm out of this discussion.

You ought to go for the rock band at the signing, Genene. Hook, book and band!

Jessa Slade said...

Genene, you don't have to play your theme song while you're writing. You play it while you're cleaning the toilets as part of the glamorous writing life.

Delle, instrumentals are totally legit theme songs. You could use either Rocky or Jaws, depending on how the writing is going.

Rogue's Angels said...

Cleaning the toilets? I'm supposed to clean the toilets? I thought when they got dirty you were supposed to rip them out and remodel the bathroom! You mean all this remodeling wasn't necessary? LOLOL!

Rogue's Angels said...

The comment from "Rogue's Angels" was actually from me, Genene. I'm trying to get it changed...

Rogue's Angels said...

OK, that's not working--but the comment was from Genene. :)

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Interesting question about why we don't "woot." I've seen email woots in congrats, but must admit I've never heard them at a signing. Maybe it's a trend we should start.

I'll have to think on the song that best represents the writing life. I suspect there are many--now if I could remember just one...

therese said...

Yeah - it's time to "Woot" at signings. I'll remember to do so at the next one. Take balloons too! Pop them at random for fun.

Jessa, I also like that you use the XY shorthand, I'm tired of the dh one. What' that stand for anyhow? Darling hubby? Dilapidated hound?
Both work for me, depends on hormones.

Jessa Slade said...

Therese, I think XY is useful because it honestly and non-judgementally explains the problem with men :)