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Offline jaim101 Reading Inferno by Dan Brown
31 Mar 2014, 01:40 AM | Post: #31

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

Hi all,
Book signing went great!! But first of all let me address the sign from Vistaprint. Rubbish! Printing was fine but it was lightweight and it was a windy day so despite best efforts to attach it to a board it blew off down the promenade.
Anyway, enough people came to make it worthwhile. I reckon about 18-20. We sold a few books first because people were drawn to the display. Then we mingled. We both read from our books for about 20 mins each, people clapped! Then we sold books to pretty much everyone there which was much more than I had expected. I actually sold out of one of my books which felt great. All were signed. A couple of people asked more questions about the writing process, ideas etc which was brilliant and by the time the last people left we'd actually used our allotted 2 hours for the room. We packed up and I left with a few books in a box and £130 in my back pocket.

On the back of this I went directly to the local library and booked three consecutive dates in May (Thurs evening, Friday evening and Saturday afternoon) to talk to their book group, a reading group and to do a general signing and promo. So all in all, well worth the effort and I can't wait to do it again.

Lessons learned - get bookmarks or anything to give out with info on. People asked about eBooks, and more info in general so it will be worth it.
Get better coverage - the library suggested asking the local press to actually send someone to the event next time. Apparently they can make this happen. That would be amazing.
Do it later in the day. We booked from 10AM to midday. Felt early to me so presumably it was early to others.
Location - the hotel has a great view but no real passing foot traffic. Library should help because it's next to a shopping arcade and people go in there for books anyway.
Offline AKMichaels Reading Sixkill by Robert B Parker
31 Mar 2014, 05:20 AM | Post: #32

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

Well done, am pleased it went well and good luck with the other things booked.
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Offline Katherine Roberts Reading I keep forgetting to update this!
04 Apr 2014, 04:41 PM | Post: #33

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

Great to hear it went well and you sold some books.


(27 Mar 2014 03:18 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  I don't think Vistaprint do bookmarks, although I read an article about how their rack cards can be cut in half to make bookmarks.
My publisher used Vistaprint recently for some bookmarks... though maybe they are 'rack cards' because they are rather large for bookmarks, though still look good! Postcards might also work?
Offline joo Reading Off The KUF Vol I
04 Apr 2014, 04:51 PM | Post: #34

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That's great news. Glad you enjoyed it Big Grin
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04 Apr 2014, 04:57 PM | Post: #35

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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

Way to go Smile Gotta love bookmarks (but other swag works too - jigsaw puzzles get people coming over AND interacting for a while).
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RE: Advice on upcoming book signing

Sounds like it was a great experience.

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