Five states, thirteen stops, and a lot of Hilton points later, I've learned a few things about being a new author on a book tour. I used to think all book signings looked like this: For a new author, it's more like this: Yep. This is the glamorous reality. No lines out the door. No readers clutching dog-eared copies of your book. You're working retail for royalties. And, if you start doing the math, you'll realize you're making a dollar or two an hour. So, don't do the math..