Book Signing Revelation

Unlike some of my techie book writing friends (e.g. Kalen Delaney, Itzik Ben Gan, or Brian Knight), I do NOT have groupies.

I admit I’m a little bit jealous. Doesn’t everyone want to have groupies – at least one or two – even if it’s just your spouse and kids? But while I have no groupies, I do have a lot of fans and that is really gratifying. I didn’t realize how many fans I had until Quest Software held a book signing for me at the PASS Summit two weeks ago.

We were giving away my most recent book, “Database Benchmarking” published by Rampant Press. I was really impressed with how long the line was to get a signed copy of my book. And then I learned the truth. It wasn’t necessarily me they were excited about – it was the fact that Quest was giving the book away for free.

Of course, every technie knows that a free computer book is worth waiting in line for. So, at the end of the day, the attraction was the free book – not my signature. But the boost in my self-esteem, though short-lived, was still fun.

Quest also had, IMO, the most kickin’ booth in a very exciting exhibit hall. There were lots of other great vendor displays there and a lot of great swag for everyone. It was really quite a lot of fun, assuming you like professional conferences.

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  1. I strongly disagree with the assumption that you have no “groupies”

  2. Ah ha! Maybe I do have one out there? :^)


  3. BWA-HA-HA-HAAAAA! I HAVE TAGGED YOU! (this is my first step in taking over the world…I shall tag everyone and while they try to come up with stuff and are distracted…I shall lurk in the shadows, furthering my plans!!! BWA-HA-HA-HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!)

    yeah…so…read my blog!

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