My view from the book-signing table at the LA Times Festival of Books

Author Stan Yocum at book signingWell I certainly had an exciting day last Saturday. I had the privilege of signing copies of my book, Unrelenting Nightmare, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the University of Southern California campus. The amount of people attending the event was astounding; I saw thousands of them wondering around the campus during the time that I was there. I understand that over 120,000 people attend the event each year.

The interesting part was the booth that I was assigned to sat directly in front of Bridge Hall, the building I spent the majority of my time inside when I attended USC. If you’ve read the About Me section on my website, it mentions how I ended up going to USC.

Anyway, the opportunity to sign books was tremendously fulfilling. I couldn’t believe the line that formed as soon as my appointed time began. Seventy-five books were laid out neatly on the signing table. Before I began, I ask an attendant how I could get the unsigned copies back to my car, which was on the other side of campus. She said they would help me once my one-hour signing period was finished. As it turned out, I signed all seventy-five copies in less than forty minutes. I couldn’t believe the number of people who said they loved suspense novels, and after reading the synopsis of my book on a flyer that was being handed out, they jumped in line. What really surprised me, but probably shouldn’t—understanding the percentage of women that read books compared to the number of men—was how many young ladies (college students) that seemed so excited to read my book. I even had two young ladies ask to have pictures taken with me.

If anyone reading this bog happened to get a signed copy of my book at USC, thank you for stopping by. And if you enjoy the book, please go to Amazon online and write a review for me. It can be a short one—A good read, or something like that, would help enormously. And also, if you enjoyed Unrelenting Nightmare, please tell your friends about it. Thank you.

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