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6 Things I learned at My First Book Signing…

Hey there lovely people. Today was the big day. Thats right, my first ever book signing!

I hosted the book signing at a local book store called Half Price Books. Awesome books for half the cost. The name of the store is true. You can find all kinds of books for half the price. You can also sell your gently used books to the store and earn some cash. This store was intimate and busy! This was a plus for me. The people were great! So things I learned, hmm.

First, I was set up in the front of the store by the door. Awesome sauce! I say this as a preface to my first lesson.

1. You can not be afraid to speak to people. You have to get out there and sell yourself. People will just waltz right passed you and not say a word. Not one Idle Word. You see what I did here. Lol. Be prepared to have a conversation starter to break the ice. I am not one to be afraid to speak to people so this wasn’t too hard.

2. Keep the conversation going. Once you introduce yourself be prepared to answer some more questions. One of the many questions I got was, “Are you from here?” The answer of course. I live right here in the city. I’m “your” local poet. Many people were so surprised and elated that a local gal like me had released her first collection of poetry. That alone made them want to support.

3. Social media is important. We live in a time where social media is used as a means for review and advertisement. People want to follow you. They want to know what kind of presence you have. I had these bookmarks/business cards created with all my social media handles and I passed them out to many. People were so happy and immediately I recieved follow request. Awesome!

4. Thank people for their support even if they don’t buy your book. This leaves room for them to support you in other ways. Following on social media. Spreading news to their friends about upcoming events and where to purchase the book in the future. Trust me those business cards are lifesavers.

5. Accept different forms of payment. Yes, not all people carry cash. But if they do make sure you have change. That could be a huge deterrent from people buying your book. I have a square reader and a cash app. These were essential in making my transactions seamless. People were eager once they knew that cash was not their only option as a form of payment.

Last but not least. It’s actually pretty important.

6. Have a great support system. I had my husband and biggest fan with me pushing me and promoting right along side. He was also my camera man. So shouts out to my best friend/hubby for the support. My mom and sister also stopped by. Shouts out to you guys too. You rock!!!

All in all, this was a great experience. A couple of people asked me to read a poem and this intrigued them even more. Cool Points!!

I’m looking forward to the next one and the next one and the next one. Take a look at some of the pics. Enjoy the rest of your day and remember to leave no line left behind.

These kids were sooo AWESOME!!!

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Invisible

You hold the sun in your hands
And the moon in the crevices of your arms
The earth grazes your feet every second of the day
and I’m jealous
because the world gets all of your attention
Maybe the wind will blow and turn your head and you can see me
Standing here
waiting

©2019 Tehilayah Ysrayl

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Tongue Fights

The tongue is a mightier than the sword.

I guess thats why so many of us have severed lips.

©2019 Tehilayah Ysrayl

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The upside…

Not forsaken

Just a little broken

Not forgotten

Just a little weary

Not cast down

Just down on my knees

©2019Tehilayah Ysrayl

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National Poetry Month Fun

Yayyyy, it’s National Poetry Month! Yes, I know this post is late and it started yesterday but I have been a little preoccupied. This month I’m practicing poetry prompts. I’m looking to expand my horizons and challenge my creativity. I will try to write a poem everyday and share it with you. Again, I said I will try. I’m setting a goal but if a miss a couple of days so be it. It’s not the end of the world. So, I share with you my first one.

Lead me to water

Dear Muse, I am a poet.
I am not always filled with sparks
That set blazes to paper
My pen is sometimes dry
Some days the only the stains to lines are created with my own tears

I am a poet that journeys
to places where darkness is afraid
Where shame is exposed and set free
Where light crowns your mistakes
And seals them with a gentle kiss
I’m a poet who needs your shade

Dear Poet, I am your muse
Who can point you to a place
Ready for your pen to shine its light
Inside the darkest parts of these folds
But you have sojourned in deserts
And the Sun has scorched your belief
I hold water for your thirst
Come and sit for a drink

©2019 Tehilayah Ysrayl

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