The first question that popped into my head when I got invited in Samantha Sotto’s meet-and-greet and book signing last Saturday was: Who is Samantha Sotto? Is she related to Vic Sotto? 🙂
After doing a quick Google search, I found out that Samantha Sotto is a Filipina who wrote the novel Before Ever After, which was published internationally this year. Very cool, right?
Well, to make the long story short. Doing a Google search for Samantha Sotto lead me to buy her novel, had the novel signed by Samantha Sotto herself; and more importantly, I learned valuable lessons in life.
First lesson – Just wing it.
I love this expression. It means that you don’t have to plan ahead of time. You just do, and worry about details later. That’s what Samantha Sotto did when she was writing her first novel. She just wrote and wrote and wrote without worrying about whether her book is going to be published or what book she’s going to write next. I really got something from this. Most of the time I worry too much and spend so much time planning. In a way, it hinders me to actually start. So I’ve learned that I should not worry about the outcome. I should just concentrate and do what I love to do.
Second lesson – Try green eggs and ham.
Another thing I’ve learned from Samantha Sotto is the green-eggs-and-ham rule. They have this rule in her family (based on Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham) that you can’t say no to a food or practically anything you have never tried before. I thought that it’s a clever idea. I’m very picky when it comes to food, so knowing this cute rule will encourage me to try other foods. The only time I’m going to say no is if someone asks me to try insect delicacies.
Third lesson – Sign the book on the second page.
When it was my turn for the book signing, she reminisced the first time she signed her novel. She always signed on the first page. But that changed when a “fan” told her: “You should sign on the second page because it adds more value to the book”. This was a very important lesson for me. Now I know where to sign if I have my own book signing. 😉
I’m really glad that I went to her book signing. It was a very enriching experience. I was already becoming Samantha Sotto’s fan when I read her blog and started reading her novel. But I became a fan for sure, when I met her in person and heard her talk.
If you’d like to grabe a copy of her book, it’s available through her website. You can even get a copy through Amazon. I got mine from National Bookstore.
What about you? Who’s your favorite author? Let me know your experience about any book signing events. 🙂
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