Whilst a self-described lover of fantasy, debut novelist Chelsea Banning couldn’t have envisioned this.
Sales “have skyrocketed” for the creator, who went viral after posting about what the web has dubbed her “sad book signing.”
Banning, a librarian and debut creator of the fantasy novel “Of Crowns and Legends,” acquired a variety of love on social media and from a number of bestselling writers — together with Margaret Atwood and Stephen King — after lamenting the abysmal turnout at her first e book signing, which happened at Fairly Good Books in Ashtabula, Ohio. She acquired the literary greats’ consideration over the weekend after tweeting and posting a TikTok in regards to the sparse turnout and has change into web well-known due to the “surreal” response.
“Sales have definitely skyrocketed and they are still coming in! It’s been mind-blowing. I’m still in shock,” Banning, 33, stated Wednesday in an e mail to The Occasions.
The self-published creator took to Twitter to “vent into the void” and stated she was “kind of upset” and “a little embarrassed” in regards to the exhibiting at her first official e book signing, particularly since almost 40 individuals had RSVP’d sure.
“Had my first author signing today at a local bookstore. Only 2 people came and I was pretty bummed, but it was so nice to see them,” Banning wrote on TikTok, which takes viewers by the quaint however minimally attended e book store. “Afterwards, we went to dinner at a local BBQ with friends and had a great time.”
“Of Crowns and Legends” is the primary e book in Banning’s working “The Fight for Camelot” trilogy that follows King Arthur’s kids throughout a time of conflict. Banning had been engaged on the story for greater than 15 years, lastly revealed it in August and had been diligently utilizing social media to market her work for months, she instructed NPR.
The author despatched her tweet at 8:35 Jap time on Sunday morning, then watched because it “BLEW UP.” She stayed up into the wee hours of the morning as creator after bestselling creator replied with missives about their humbling experiences with disappointing turnout. She chronicled her tearful, real-time response on TikTok and stated the thread was filled with “people just being wonderful and encouraging.”
“It just reiterates how freaking amazing the writing community is … did you see those names?!” she requested.
“Those names” included Atwood and King, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Jodi Picoult and Min Jin Lee. Even rap icon Taste Flav chimed in to hype her work.
“Join the club. I did a signing to which Nobody came, except a guy who wanted to buy some Scotch tape and thought I was the help. :),” “The Handmaid’s Tale” novelist Atwood wrote.
“At my first SALEM’S LOT signing, I had one customer. A fat kid who said, ‘Hey bud, do you know where there’s some Nazi books?’” horror author King tweeted.
“Terry Pratchett and I did a signing in Manhattan for Good Omens that nobody came to at all. So you are two up on us,” Gaiman wrote.
“I have sat lonely at a signing table many times only to have someone approach…and ask me where the bathroom is,” Picoult tweeted.
“Can’t beat my record. One (1) person turned up at a signing once. We had a lovely conversation and went to coffee. Lemonade!” replied Hobb.
“I did a book reading where only my husband’s cousin showed up. One person. I’ll never forget that reading,” Lee wrote about her expertise.
“I worked on my first book for 4 years. Six people came to the first reading. One person was someone I knew who foresaw the worst and brought 4 family members. The sixth person came in out of the rain. When you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, laugh. And congrats on your book,” added Mark Harris.
“YO,,, Here to hype up ya next signing!!!” added Taste Flav.
The response additionally emboldened the bookstore to affix Twitter with a cheeky debut tweet about serving to launch different writers’ careers.
“First tweet. We are the indie book store that helped disappoint @chelseabwrites look where she is now! Anyone else need The Pretty Good Books bump?” the tweet stated. (They even got a shout-out from Flav too.)
The uplifting Twitter thread acquired greater than 3,000 retweets, 3,900 quoted tweets and 76,000 likes as of Wednesday. In the meantime, the creator has loved a spike in sales — 474 digital copies offered in the previous couple of days — and has run out of signed copies of her work. She stated that she additionally noticed her e book hit the No. 1 spot in her style on Amazon.
“I’ve had a couple foreign publishing houses reach out! I guess my next move is to look for an agent!” she instructed The Occasions.
And as she’s watched her following develop on Twitter, she’s used the platform to assist different writers by highlighting their work on her account. She’s additionally engaged on an audiobook.
The Warren, Ohio, resident began writing when she was 14 and “hasn’t stopped since,” based on her web site. Banning acquired her begin by writing flash fictions “that bloomed into novels,” has additionally labored at Renaissance Faires, and for seven years owned a small efficiency enterprise that supplied fairy story and superhero characters for youths.