Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A case of the first date---er, first signing---jitters
This is a picture of the line at a Sarah Palin book signing. You've all seen images like this in the movies or perhaps you've even been a patient fan in a line like this. Well, starting this month I will be sitting behind a book signing table with pen poised and fresh copies of Growing Up Gracie at hand. And let me be the first to report, I feel like a 16-year-old girl nervously waiting for her first date to drive up.
Will he like me? Will I look cute? Will he even show up? How will my parents embarrass me? Well, maybe not that one.
I've never been a part of a book signing--from either side of the table--so I'd love some feedback here. I've read all the publisher-created ideas for making book signings successful, but I'd love to hear your input.
From my writer friends who've been in the trenches: What worked? What bombed? How did you get people to attend when all your buddies have already bought your book?
And from my reader friends: What do you enjoy at a signing? What gets you off the couch and to the bookstore? And what can an author do to make themselves approachable at the store?
Help a girl out here... I only have a first date once!
My two signings are scheduled for The Brass Plates LDS Bookstore in Spokane Valley on January 22 from 2-4 and at Aunties Bookstore in downtown Spokane on February 18th at 7.
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Posted by Maggie at 11:46 AM