Marlene and I talked for many hours as to how I could sponsor my own book signing. When the meeting ended, I left Marlene, overwhelmed with everything I had to do.
I arrived home and Lamont looked at me and asked, "What's wrong?"
"As we discussed, I'm sponsoring my own book signing but I'm nervous thinking about everything I have to do."
"Can I help?" Lamont asked and gave me a much needed hug.
"I'm afraid it's all on me." I gave Lamont a slight kiss. "It's nice having you and Marlene's support."
"Okay, but if you need my help, don't hesitate to let me know."
By the end of the week, I had accomplished a lot and I was starting to relax a little. I had a location, date, and time, food ordered, and volunteers. Per Marlene's suggestion, she said, "Be sure to include the price of the book and ask for a RSVP. I did what she recommended and went further. In the invitations, I asked everyone to bring a friend or neighbor to the book signing and if they were unable to attend to order my book.
With the invitations mailed, I couldn't sleep, worrying if anyone would RSVP. Lamont and I had spent a lot of money--room rental, purchase of my book, and ordered food and drinks. As a published author, I was feeling stressed.