A little over a year ago, while I was visiting the United States with my family, I was invited to have a book signing event at maCnarB Gaming in Gautier, Mississippi, one of the many little towns dotting the coastline between Biloxi and Mobile.
Never having done a book signing before, I thought a tiny town like that might be a good place to get my feet wet.
They got wetter than I imagined they would.
I had an amazing turnout. Gautier, I discovered, has a thriving gamer community. Also, I felt a lot more relaxed in a game shop than I might have felt in a bookstore or library.
Fast forward a year later, and my family and I were preparing to move to the United States permanently, and an idea was slow-cooking in the back of my mind.
If I had that kind of success (of course, this involved the very enthusiastic support of the shop owner) in Gautier, imagine what kind of success I might achieve in a city with a population of more than triple digits.
Also... wouldn't it be a nice idea to take the family on a cross-country road trip at the same time. We could all get one last look at this great nation before Donald Trump takes a big steamy shit all over it.
Earlier this week, I decided to test the waters, asking the folks on my Facebook page what they thought of the idea. Wonderful people that they are, my fans hit me with a flood of responses, naming cities they'd love for me to visit.
Here's a map of what they came up with:
That's a workable map. We could throw the kids in the family van and do a nice big loop around the country, spreading the good word of Caverns & Creatures and seeing the sights. It could potentially be a summer we'll all look back on fondly for the rest of our lives.
But there's a catch...
Here's another map. This one shows the venues that have expressed interest thus far:
As much as I appreciate my fans, I'm not sure I want to drive my family around to each of their individual houses.
Even if I manage to get some places interested in hosting signings for me, will scheduling be a logistical nightmare, given the limitations of me having to keep things on cooperating geographical and chronological lines?
This is something I'd like to see happen, so for the sake of my career and family, I intend to find out.
In the meantime, I'd love to read the experiences of any other authors who have tried something like this in the comments section.
Update 1: 3/21/16
We have a blue marker. Shall We Play? The Games Store, in Las Vegas, Nevada, has expressed interest in having me.