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My Amazing Book Signing Experience

Updated on August 8, 2014

Dreams Do Come True

By Loretta Livingstone

This is about my amazing book signing experience. it was not actually my first book-signing, but my second. I have only been writing books since 2011 and am not very well known yet, so I was really amazed to be invited. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity that I thought I would make a lens about it. I hope you enjoy reading all about it. It was such an exciting time for me. I have M.E. so it was a huge effort, and took me about a week to recover, but anyway dreams do come true.

I wrote my first book in September 2011, and then went on to write my 2nd book, "Hopes, Dreams and Medals" which was inspired by watching the World Championships in November 2011. I was so impressed by the dedication of the athletes, and their hopes and dreams as the 2012 Olympic games drew ever closer, that I started writing poems about both summer and winter sports. I sent a copy to the British no 1 female javelin thrower who said she really liked it but thought it needed to be longer. So I put my brain back into gear and managed to double the size of it. If I hadn't written this book, I think it is possible that I would never have been invited to do the book signing, as it seems to have captured the interest of quite a few amateur and professional athletes. Since then I have gone on to write my third, more conventional book, Jumping in the Puddles of Life.

Please note: All photographs here, except the last one, are either my property or the property of Inspirational Photography Ltd (Lensmaster NickyLou) and should not be copied or used elsewhere. The final one is courtesy of Paul Dobson Photography Ltd.

Wow, What An Honour

Back in November I was contacted by one of my followers on Twitter. He was going to be holding a big, Black Tie Charity Ball in March and wondered if I would be prepared to donate any of my books. He is a marathon runner, and was particularly interested in my book "Hopes, Dreams and Medals". I was happy to donate this and my third book, "JUMPING in the PUDDLES of LIFE" along with a Tee Shirt with the words "Hopes, Dreams, Medals" printed on it.

Bookcover provided by Inspirational Photography Ltd (Lensmaster NickyLou)

It Gets Better!

I was so thrilled to be asked to donate. Little did I know the best was yet to come. I received another email from my contact. This time he was inviting me to not just attend the Ball with my husband, but to do a book-signing there too! Wow! Only my second ever book signing, and this was such a prestigious event! And I get to wear an evening gown too? Bonus! So - did I accept? Did I ever! And better yet, the other person invited to attend was Team GB Marathon Runner Aly Dixon! Wow! What an honour.

Help to plan your charity event

It helps to have some ideas about the "How To" of event planning. I thought these books might give you some idea about what planning needs to be done if you are thinking of holding a charity event. If it is your first ever event it would be wise to do some research before you get started. It's good to try to raise money for Charity this way, but you need to be sure that you don't end up out of pocket too. If I was planning a charity event I would definitely do my research first. I hope these books help.

One Night Only

So, for one night only, I got to feel like a celebrity. I don't know if I will ever be invited to do anything like this again, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I even got to do something useful. What a fantastic adventure. And I even got presented with a huge bouquet! What a wonderful night.

THE VENUE

Yup, better and better. The venue of the Charity Ball was the prestigious Rockcliffe Hall in Darlington. Do go take a look.

Rockcliffe Hall

Take a look at this! What a wonderful venue.

The Tee Shirt

This is the Tee Shirt I designed to donate to the Charity, which was Children with Cancer. The photograph is from the front page of the book and was taken by Nicola Louisa Sharp whose bio you can find at the bottom of this page. I used Vistaprint to design the Tee Shirt.

Children With Cancer Charity

This is the Charity which the Ball was being held for

I Had A Wonderful Time

So I got to wear my fabulous (hired) evening gown, and sign books at this prestigious event (and donate a percentage of each book sold to Children With Cancer Charity). And in April 2013 Paul Cooke, who organised this amazing event, went one step further and ran in the London Marathon.

SO EXCITING

This has to be one of the most thriling things that has ever happened to me.

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And doesn't my husband look good in his tux?

Photograph courtesy of www.pauldobsonphotography.co.uk

I AM DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE.....

.....that three of my books are now available on Amazon Kindle, including my first novelette, Where Angels Tread, a story about a teenage runaway. They are priced at US $ 2.47 and $2.64 GBP 1.53 and 1.66 and also available in other currencies. Why not treat yourself?

Jumping in the Puddles of Life
Jumping in the Puddles of Life

Inspiring, funny, sometimes spiritual. Why not treat yourself?

 
Rhythms Of Life
Rhythms Of Life

57 romantic, funny, or spiritual verses.

 

Find me on Goodreads

Another milestone! I now have an author profile and blog on Goodreads. If you want to come and visit me there follow the link.

Visit me on Facebook

You can visit me at my Facebook group, where you can read more of my work and chat to me. I would love to meet you there.

Some More Exciting News

Since I wrote this lens, another exciting thing has happened. Somebody bought one of my books - Hopes, Dreams & Medals - and then contacted me to ask me to write an exclusive poem for a film they are producing about Athletes, and the reason they do what they do. The Film and Poem are both called Why Do We Do It, and you can find out more about them on my other lens (details below) or on twitter at #whydowedoit

Newsflash!

I'm delighted to say that the National Poetry Anthology have requested my permission to include my poem "I Am Woman" in their latest book, "Between The Lines" to be published later this year.

I'd love to hear from you (you don't have to be a member of Squidoo to comment)

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my amazing experience

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Thank you Aesta1. I really hope I get more chances to do this again. I haven't been able to fit in any book signings this year as I've been too busy writing my next two books, but am hoping to manage some next year.

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am sure you will have many more nights like these given that you have made a great start. Keep going.

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Thank you, DealForALiving. Yes, it was the most wonderful experience. But I can't cross it off my bucket list, haha, because I want to do it all over again...and again...and again...

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Oh favored, I do hope so. I just LOVED wearing that evening gown. I even loved teetering about in the rose-gold stilettos. And I must admit, the beautiful bouquet, which lasted for ages, made me feel even more special. We should all have one or two days in our lives like this.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Congratulations! That must have been such a wondrous experience. Cross that off your bucket list~

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      There are many more of these in your future girl! So better get those ball gowns ready :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @norma-holt: Yes, it was a wonderful time. And thank you, so much. :)

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      That is an amazing story and one that will live in your memory forever.Nice pics and your personal presentation is beautiful.

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @ValPage: Thank you so much. I had such a wonderful time. And it was so fab to be able to wear that gown. :)

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      ValPage 3 years ago

      Happy for you :D And you look amazing in the pink gown!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      How exciting, and to attend a ball also. Yes dreams do come true. Pretty in pink!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you. I have done one recently at a local library. Sadly no opportunity to wear an evening gown there, but still fun.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      What an exciting and rewarding experience! I hope that you will be attending many more of your book signings!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: Thank you :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm extreemly happy for you, it sounds like it was a very rich experiance:), I wish you many more.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @miaponzo: Thank you:-)

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Wow!!!! How exciting!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @aesta1: How lovely of you. Do let me know if you enjoy them. x

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an experience. I have not yet read your books so they're now in my list.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @pawpaw911: I can hardly believe it myself.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      What an amazing experience, indeed. Can't imagine.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @TreasuresBrenda: It really was a dream come true.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      It does sound like a very special experience, indeed.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @hntrssthmpsn: Thanks so much.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      This is the stuff dreams are made of! What an amazing opportunity, I'm sure you will have more like it in the future. Very exciting story and the dress is gorgeous!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @ChristyZ: Thank you. It was so wonderful to wear. It would be brilliant to have another opportunity like that.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      What a magical event! Congratulations to you... so nice to see hard work and dedication rewarded and recognized.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks so much

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Congrats on your success :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @absolutelycreat: Thank you for visiting and reading it. :)

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      absolutelycreat 4 years ago

      That's was Great Experience thanks for share with us. Congratulation!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @MarcellaCarlton: Haha, that's the nice bit. I spend a lot of time resting and recovering as I have M.E. but it is so nice to have the sparkly bits of life. This occasion was extra sparkly :-)

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      What a wonderful life you have. You are a celebrity. Evening gown and flowers and all! Congrats.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: It was such a thrill. I think God must have a purpose for this book, as I had no intention of writing about this subject, but the most amazing things have happened since I did. All glory to Him. He is giving me the ride of my life.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @FallenHalos: I'm inclined to pray about things rather than visualise, but it really did feel good. I can only say I think God must have blessed me, as all this is so unlikely, and I am such an unlikely person for this to happen to. I am having the ride of my life

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am so happy for your experience. It's cool, you are invited in a party where your are the focus of attention. Wow!.

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      FallenHalos 4 years ago

      Congratulations! I bet that felt so good. I want that experience too. I had the manager of our local Chapters take a picture of me in front of the 'local interest' section to put on my dream board. Visualize and it will materialize. Squidoo helps open up the writer :D

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @LiteraryMind: Me too! Thank you.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      How very exciting. I am glad you had this wonderful experience.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Nithya Venkat: Thank you so much. I hope that wish comes true :)

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading and you look amazing in that dress. All the very best for many, many more book releases.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @sorayac: Thank you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading about my exciting adventure.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @sorayac: Thank you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading about my exciting adventure.

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      sorayac 4 years ago

      Wow what a lovely lens and congratulations on your book writing success! It's an inspiration to read about it.

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      sorayac 4 years ago

      Wow what a lovely lens and congratulations on your book writing success! It's an inspiration to read about it.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @RhondaAlbom: Aw thank you, that's so kind of you. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it from a different view.

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations, I wouldn't have a clue what to wear for one night only, you figured it out - you look gorgeous. I host giveaways at my blog sometimes and I never really thought about it from the authors side before, and I am always so honored that people would share their talents with me, it was really nice to read about it from the authors side.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anonymous: Thank you for coming to read about it :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @lollyj lm: Thank you so much. It was wonderful, now I know how Cinderella felt. I may not get the chance to do this often, but at least I get to keep my handsome prince. And the best bit is that they have invited me back next year, so if it all works out and I recover from this ok, I can do it again. :)

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      Laurel Johnson 4 years ago from Washington KS

      How wonderful that you received such recognition and could be a celebrity for awhile.

      LOVED this lens!!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @writerkath: Well it came right out of the blue for me, so you never know. Maybe one day it will happen for you. I hope so. I'm glad you enjoyed my latest adventure :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      What a blast! I'm so glad you were able to wear that awesome gown. I'd love to feel like a celebrity too... Ah... perhaps someday! In the meantime, I'll live vicariously through your great adventures!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @Mamabyrd: Thank you so much mamabyrd. It's the first time I got to wear something so good since I got married and I did feel wonderful. The whole event was fantastic. I was so very thrilled.

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      Your book signing sounds very exciting and you look absolutely beautiful in your dress. You should be very proud!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @flycatcherrr: Thank you. I was on a high for a week at least, just come back to earth now, lol.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Congratulations, Loretta - what an exciting achievement for you!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @BPennywise: Aw, thank you so much, and thanks for "liking", I appreciate it. :)

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      BPennywise 4 years ago

      Congratulations Loretta! Thanks for sharing this meaningful life event. God bless you with continued success!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @SteveKaye: Thank you so much. It was such a thrill.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Congratulations on this fantastic achievement.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @anka05: Thank you, and thanks for visiting, and liking my lens. You can see why I'm "into" evening gowns at the moment. I just didn't want to take this one off.

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      anka05 4 years ago

      Beautiful dress, indeed. I can imagined how you felt... Thanks for sharing!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      @bushaex: Aw, thank you :)

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      More proof that good things come to good people!