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Offline AKMichaels Reading Sixkill by Robert B Parker
25 Mar 2014, 08:20 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

(25 Mar 2014 08:10 PM)jaim101 Wrote: Wrote:  
(25 Mar 2014 07:55 PM)AKMichaels Wrote: Wrote:  Gosh, I don't have any first hand experience mainly as I would have a MAJOR panic attack so I will just wish u Good Luck!Thumbs Up
Thanks! I'm not nervous because in my head it will just be me and my fellow author, sitting drinking coffee together in a room filled with our books. I haven't really factored on what might happen if people come.
Good way to go about it Jaimie, tho am sure u will have some visitors popping in lol
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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

I look forward to hearing how it goes. I should be doing one in the summer and am nervous about it. I think it may just be people I know turning up, however, even if it is, it'll be a fun gathering Big Grin
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Offline Paula Jane
25 Mar 2014, 10:49 PM | Post: #13

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

I'm always nervous when I'm booked in to speak at a writing group or do an author visit at a school. I also panic at each and every art class I teach, but as soon as I've finished I think, 'what was all the fuss about?'.
I'm sure you'll have a great time - they're only people - and they're probably be more in awe of you and nervous about meeting you.

Do let us know how you got on. Wink
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Offline jaim101 Reading Inferno by Dan Brown
26 Mar 2014, 02:14 PM | Post: #14

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

Thanks lovely people! I think it will be mostly people I know, stands to reason. That's fine except they all already own the books. But in other more positive news, the paperbacks have just arrived!!
   
Offline AKMichaels Reading Sixkill by Robert B Parker
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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

(26 Mar 2014 02:14 PM)jaim101 Wrote: Wrote:  Thanks lovely people! I think it will be mostly people I know, stands to reason. That's fine except they all already own the books. But in other more positive news, the paperbacks have just arrived!!
Looking good Jamie, hope u have a ball!
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26 Mar 2014, 03:38 PM | Post: #16

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

The books look great - that's half the worry over!  (Believe it or not, I've been to signings where no copies of the author's actual books were available on the day.)

My most successful signings have been where I've done some kind of talk/reading first and answered a few questions from the audience, then signed books afterwards. Since I write children's books, most of mine have been in schools, but I've occasionally done events at festivals and conferences where adults are in the audience.

Here are some things I've learned:

1. Have post-it stickers for people (or preferably an assistant you've roped in to help you on the day) to write their names on, and whatever dedication they want in the book - so you are not endlessly asking people how to spell things. You might not need the stickers if it's quiet and you have time to chat to each person, but if you have a long queue of kids with names from other cultures and unfamiliar accents then they make things much easier!

2. Sit beside or in front of the signing table - not behind it. A table acts as a barrier, and if there are piles of books on it too then people are less likely to approach you.

3. Have a spare box of books under the table in case you are mobbed. But equally so, don't be too disappointed if only a few people come.
Signings really can be hit and miss, depending where you are doing them and what the weather is like and if England are playing Argentina and if the moon is in Aquarius... you're a success for doing them.

4. Have bookmarks made, which you can sign on the back (i.e. leave a space and don't make them glossy on that side). Quite a few people will just want your signature, and if the bookmark has details of your book they might buy it afterwards. Even if there is not time to do bookmarks, a simple leaflet with your book details that people can take away is a good idea.

5. Get someone else to handle the money. 

Hope that helps.. good luck, and enjoy the day!
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26 Mar 2014, 06:54 PM | Post: #17

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

Yeah, best of luck with it, Jamie (although I'd be sitting under the desk). Undecided
Offline jaim101 Reading Inferno by Dan Brown
26 Mar 2014, 11:07 PM | Post: #18

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

See, now I'm concerned I haven't ordered enough books. I didn't want to get carried away so I ordered just over a handful of all my books. The plan, such as it is, is to introduce myself and my fellow author, read a bit, then take questions and sign last. But this is fluid as we have zero idea how many folk might come.
I love the bookmark/leaflet idea. Not enough time for bookmarks now but I should be able to knock up a decent leaflet with info on to hand out.
They used the assistant with post it notes doing names at the Rankin event. If it's that busy god help us.
But just talking about it with folk who have done it is making me excited. The plan is to video or photograph/both so I can stick bits on my blog etc. I'll let you all know how it goes.
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26 Mar 2014, 11:30 PM | Post: #19

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

I second the bookmark idea. If not for this event then for future ones.
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27 Mar 2014, 06:51 AM | Post: #20

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

(26 Mar 2014 06:54 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  Yeah, best of luck with it, Jamie (although I'd be sitting under the desk). Undecided

Best of luck. I think I'd be hiding behind Scribbler... or maybe behind the desk with a large pile of books and a hungry doberman in front of me [Image: smile.gif]

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