Wherein I Write Messages In Books

In February of this year, I found out a really exciting thing was happening, though I couldn’t share it until now. I found out that 30 copies of my book were being given away as part of a swag bag for a corporate event. Which:

  1. Holy shit.
  2. My book is not a particularly work appropriate book, at least not in the case of specific short stories.
  3. Might be the coolest writing related thing to happen to be so far. AND
  4. Is definitely the most mentally overwhelming thing to happen to me to so far.

At this point, I was overjoyed it was happening. Thank you so much to Jeremy and Jon for involving me in this. As part of the agreement, I arranged to sign and add messages to all 30 copies of the books being given away. This lead to quite the mental quandry. What do I write in a book while signing it?

I’ve signed copies of my books before. I’ve written messages in them before. That said, in both cases, this was always for people I knew at least in passing. A total stranger has never — at least to my knowledge — acquired a copy of my book that was signed and had a personalized and/or handwritten message in it.

So what did I decide to do? Do I write the same thing in every book? Are my messages classy, uplifting, or inspirational? Are they legible?

No.

I wrote 30 unique messages across the 30 books. With the permission of Jeremy and Jon, I’ve shared what I wrote in the books below. You can click on the images of the pages to get a better look at them. This may be helpful in the case of a couple of the longer messages, like the one where I wrote out a recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

Note: Only 29 of the images are currently shown below. I had some issues with one of the pictures that I didn’t catch until after the post went up. I’m going to dig and see if I can find a good version of the final image.

My hope is that I’ll get the chance to do this with my current work in progress some day. I personally feel that said manuscript is already lightyears better than An Epilogue to Innocence was. That’s not to say I dislike my first book. Far from it actually. But I’m slowly getting the feeling that my WIP could be something really great.

Wherein I Write Messages In Books

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11 thoughts on “Wherein I Write Messages In Books

    1. I’ve never understood the appeal to maple donuts. Everyone in my family loves them. But tiger tails exist. And why eat other donuts when tiger tails exist?

          1. I’m related to one of the women who makes them. At least I think she still does. I don’t speak to her anymore (I won’t get into that) but she used to sneak me little bags of the donut holes and those were even delicious

  1. 1. These are hilarious

    2. OMG THE SHOUT OUT FOR MY BOOK! THANK YOU!!

    This is a great idea for batch signing–might steal it if I’m ever in a similar situation.

    Congrats on this!! It’s really awesome that your workplace supported your writing like this!!

    1. The thing is this wasn’t even people at my workplace that did this. I knew one of the two people who bought these from high school. They just happened to get them for their company.

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