When I first started driving Jon around on his book tours, I was getting him tea and buying him special pens to sign his name with. But since Jon left Random House, and they gave up on his book Saving Simon Book Tour, it’s become more homey.
We’re driving out to Petersburg NY tonight where Jon will speak at the Library. I hear it’s the towns community center and well loved, so I’m sure it will be a lovely evening. I always enjoyed traveling around with Jon on the book tours and especially getting room service in the hotels. But not this book tour. Today Jon’s hauling his books from Battenkill Books and we’ll deliver them to Petersburg Library where they’ll sell them at the reading tonight.
I remember one of the first book tours I went on with Jon where one night he spoke to a full theater of over two hundred people and the next day went to a bookstore at noon where only four people showed up. He didn’t bat an eye. He had those four people pull their chairs into a circle and had a conversation about his book. He handled it with grace and humility and I was impressed.
This is how much Jon believes in and cares about his work and his audience. And he still impresses me. Every time he takes a beautiful photo or writes a meaningful post on his blog or publishes another book. Every time he reinvents himself. And when he pulls himself out of a dark place and creates a book tour, even if his publisher won’t, and even if he has to deliver his own books.