So I’ve officially been a “soon to be published” author for a couple of months now. It’s already been an interesting journey. I had to fill out an author questionnaire, survived my first round of big picture edits and even got honest-to-goodness author photos.
I’ve been surprised about what things don’t really concern me versus what does. For instance, my title might change. As much as I love the current one, I’m actually fine with changing it. On the flip side, I literally sent me poor editor a message about my main character’s eyebrows—yes, eyebrows—on the latest cover mock up. (Sidenote: The mock-up is gorgeous and I seriously can’t wait to share the final cover with the world!!!)
I’m sure as I continue on this debut author journey, I’ll be surprised by more and more things, but for now one thing has really surprised me about what a debut author needs. It’s not a publicist or a street team—though I’m sure those are both very helpful. It’s an author signature!
Call me naïve, but I seriously thought that if I were so lucky to ever have a book signing or someone who wants me sign something as simple as a piece of paper, I would just sign my name and call it day. But this is not a good idea. Apparently, there’s a risk of accidentally signing a binding legal document, which sounds crazy but also something that someone with my luck might do. Not to mention identity theft, though I do appreciate that any future identity thieves would buy my book and get it signed first!
So I need a new signature. STAT. My friend is a few months ahead of me on this author journey and she suggested that I look up cursive fonts for ideas. I might try that. However, much like shopping for new clothes, I know will need to try each author signature on and see how I feel. So far, I’m leaning toward something like this look created by Mikrojihad.
Pretty classy, right?
Of course, once I do pick this new signature, I need to practice it. A lot. Can you imagine if I forgot and used the wrong one? How do you explain that to someone without looking crazy? Do I just cross it out and then write the new one? Do I just stare at them for a long time and then run off with their book? What do I do???
Of course, on the flip side, I’m also now side-eyeing all celebrities. I wrote Oprah a letter in high school. She wrote me back. My mom and I then spent a good ten minutes trying to decide if she really signed it or if it was a stamp. (Twenty years later and we still don’t know. #LifesBiggestMystery) But now I’m wondering if Oprah made up that signature? Is this not really how Oprah writes?
What about Beyonce?
Or Barack Obama?
I guess we’ll never know, will we?
In the meantime, I’m off to figure out my own signature. Wish me luck!