In the last year, I’ve hosted a lot of book events. A lot. We have authors in the bookstore almost every Saturday – that means about 50 events, and counting! And every author is different: some bring in a crowd, some have just a few wander in that day; a couple of them haven’t had anyone! Which means, of course, that we sell fewer books – I think the record is somewhere around 20.
And they all do things differently: some authors bring in books, period; some bring cards and bookmarks and posters. Some of them have held giveaways, baskets or books or gift certificates. Once we even had strawberries and champagne!
Now, however, I’m doing my own book signings…and I need some help! It’s a lot different on the other side of the table, so to speak!
Yes, I had a launch party for REDUCED, but that was mostly food and drink and mingle and schmooze. NOT sitting behind a table of books. Yikes. I’m telling you, it’s a whole different…thing.
My first actual book signing was last weekend, at a local book store. For starters, I was a bit late due to car trouble (it died on the way) but I wasn’t by myself – there were three other authors there, thank heavens! And the reason I was there was because of a last-minute invite to fill in for the fourth member of the group. We were also telling ghost stories, so I had scribbled one down that afternoon. And I sold a couple books, always a plus!
The second one was Monday night, at a cafe and wine bar. Small crowd, but they seemed to like that ghost story – yes, we did those again. And I sold a couple books. So far, so good! Learned how to use my new Square on my phone too…more or less.
Now for the Big One.
On November 10, I’ll be down at Shop Around the Corner in Washington, Missouri. They say they have hundreds of people in there on Saturdays. Hundreds. And it’ll be in their newsletter, which goes out to (gulp) THOUSANDS.
I’m a little terrified. A little.
Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?