Friday, November 12, 2010
Once again, Williams Sonoma was having a book signing today. It was Ina Garten or better known as The Barefoot Contessa!
I was so excited because I really love her show and have all of her cookbooks.
I have been to several book signings at William Sonoma and they have all been the same. You get there hours early and wait. Then the line starts to move and the excitement builds. Slowly you make your way to the front of the line and then you hand your book over.
They ask you who you would like to personalize the book to and you hand over your camera so you can get a picture with the author.
You only get a short time with the author but still it is enough time to say hi, tell them how much you admire them and have them thank you for coming and buying their book.
Well, that wasn't how Ina Garten does things!
She would NOT personalize any book. She signed her name and that was it! She would NOT take a photo with you. You could have them click a picture of you standing there but since you couldn't stand very close to her, you would not get a good photo.
Plus she wouldn't look up. She just kept her head down, signed the book and took the next one.
She didn't say hi. She didn't say thank you. She didn't say anything! It was as if you were not even there.
I had four books that I had her sign. They cost $35.00 each. Yet you could buy them at Costco or Target for less then 1/2 that cost.
To me, it was worth it to get her to personalize the books so I could give them as gifts to my friends that enjoy her show. Little did I know she was going to be so rude.
You would think that with paying the extra cost and waiting for hours she would at least say thank you to her fans.
I know this was not how Williams Sonoma normally handles the book signings so, it has to be Ina Garten that set the rules.
She didn't even have as many people in line as some of the other signings I've been to, so I couldn't even write it off as maybe it was because there were so many people.
I lost a lot of my admiration for her today. I wish I would have just purchased my books some place else....if at all.
Yes, it was a BIG disappointment today. Oh well, at least I got a few gifts.