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Two nights ago, I was honored to be the special guest at DJ JENE's regular Madonnathon at Rockbar (185 Christopher, though it was more like 1985!), where I was set up with a table and chair in order to hawk my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 to the Madonna-loving masses.
Yes, an actual book-signing event!
I hate book-signing events. They're usually tense affairs during which 2% of the people you've invited actually show up, often spread out over a two-hour period. In my opinion, a book-signing event should only happen if the author is famous, or the subject matter is intensely headline-grabbing. I mean, I've sat through a couple o' white-knuckled moments at signings.
This was totally different! My great friends Jason and Greg helped me drag 14 copies of my $65 book (on sale for $50 at Rockbar), plus my cover blow-up, to the location, where a captive audience of Madonna fanatics steadily bought up every copy I had! I was truly impressed that people bought that many. I even sold 2 out of 3 Starf*cker books.
It was a lot of fun meeting and greeting old pals like Frank, Angel, Michele, and more, plus meeting a few for the first time, like sexy Liam from Australia, sexy Joe from New Yawk, sexy ... oh, you know where this is going.
One guy asked for a kiss with his book, which I gave—only to get tongue without warning. It's okay, though, my mono was almost gone.
Kidding aside, it was really fun and a real ego-boost, even when the cute drunk told me Madonna was garbage compared to Bjork. (Off to write my Bjorkopedia.) And it ended with me doing muscle poses alongside Stephen Charles Lincoln of The Protein Bakery, which provided delicious cookies, something Madonna has not eaten since 1977.
Thanks to Jeannie Buxo for making it happen, and happen right!
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I know I'm doing a lot of self-promoting lately, but after 10 years (as of this coming Friday, gulp!) of blogging, giving it away for free, I need to hawk my wears a bit.
As high as I am on the success of Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, I do have another book out—Starf*cker is a (hopefully) funny memoir that attempts to chronicle my, and our, obsession with celebrity. I use my life experiences as a teen-mag editor, in porn, hounding Madonna and haunting autograph shows to make the point.
It's the most personal thing I've ever written, so I would appreciate your support. If you read and like it, please say so on Amazon!
I really can't believe it's been 20 whole years. Book publishing and promotion has changed even more than my hair has—back then, doing signings and appearances was a very big part of every legit book's launch, and there were brick-and-mortar bookstores in which to do them!
My appearance in my hometown (well, in nearby Flint, Michigan) at a bookstore was the most surreal, because I sat there in a suit as a line of people I was related to/grew up with filed past my table and got my autograph. Awkward! I was proud, but also felt like this was a little formal considering the book I was publishing was not The Thorn Birds.
My NYC book-signing was at a Barnes & Noble and attracted quite a few of my co-workers from St. Martin's Press, yet also some total strangers who were Madonna fans. It blew my mind that strangers would find out about my book-signing, come out and also pay to own my book.
Finally, I also went back to Chicago for some promo. I think I did a themed night at a club (nobody was there for me—it was a club!) and I also did a signing at some kind of swanky restaurant, another odd venue. The latter was noteworthy for attracting most of my old U of C chums.
This time around, I had my book(s) party and will appear at Rockbar ... and social media is taking care of the rest!
People often ask about how I put together Encyclopedia Madonnica 20. While it was no small feat, the availability of a speedy, existing Internet made this updated version a snap compared to the past.
The first one, written over 20 years ago, required that I read through all my tear sheets and create index cards with quotes, notes and possible entries. I can not believe it, but I threw them away. I have saved everything over the years, yet I threw away that little slice of my own history?
Still, looks like I missed a few! I found the above cards in my old EM PR file. Look how quaint! Handwriting.