What if you held a book signing and nobody came?
Seriously, does anyone get their Java books signed by the authors? Josh and I did a signing for Swing Hacks at JavaOne 2005 and like three people showed up over the course of an hour. Fortunately, one of them was Kim Topley, author of J2ME in a Nutshell, and everyone we met was interesting to talk to.
Anyways, the Digital Guru bookstore people asked if I wanted a 30-minute spot to do signings of Swing Hacks and QuickTime for Java: A Developer’s Notebook. And they’re cool and all, and I like them, but given that the 2.5-year-old QTJ title has pretty much reached its zero-energy state sales-wise, it just doesn’t seem like it would be much of a draw. Then again, people keep buying Swing Hacks (thank you, by the way), so maybe it would be worth doing.
So, I’m asking: if you’d like me to do a signing at the bookstore, leave a comment to that effect here. If there’s a non-trivial response, I’ll get Josh and we’ll sign up for a half-hour. If not, well, you can just find me in the java.net booth if you want me to sign your copy, or talk about QTJ or Swing.
And thank you for indulging this exercise in authorial vanity.