I love book signings. I have also been very fortunate that my first sessions have been with an amazing group of mystery writers. For every event, there are at least six or seven us, and it's tremendous fun. Several people have likened it to speed-dating.
I enjoy meeting people and talking with readers who love mysteries. Here are some things I learned along the way...
1. Bring lots of pens. It sounds like a no brainer. But at our launch, I put my purse in the trunk, so I wouldn't have to carry it around. And I grabbed a pen that died on my second autograph. Thankfully, my mom was there with her well-stocked purse. I now have at least five pens in my bag.
2. Bring candy, bookmarks, or something to give away. People like freebies, and it breaks the ice. I had my cards done at VistaPrint and my bookmarks at Next Day Flyers.
3. Ask about the location when you schedule the event. We did one at a museum in January, and they put our table outside. We had fun, but it was bitter cold.
4. Use social media to advertise your event. Like or follow the location. Retweets and shares help get the word out.
5. Pack a book-signing kit. I have bookmarks, business cards, posters, tape, scissors, bookstand, and an extra book.
6. Confirm all arrangements and ensure that the books have been ordered before the event.
7. Paint your nails or get a manicure (Sorry, guys. This one is a little girly.) Everyone is looking at your hands when you sign.
8. My friend Mary gave me this tip. If you're alone at a table, stand. People will approach you faster. You want to look confident and inviting.
9. Bring your camera and take lots of pictures for your website and social media.
I hope you have many book signings. If you're in Virginia, stop by and see us.
I got a snow-day last week for my birthday. It was the first one ever. What fun! And I'm glad the mess melted in a couple of days. I'm a beach girl who can't wait for warmer temperatures!
I also got some very literary gifts this year. Thanks, Vicky and Dave!
These are notecards like look like old card catalogue cards. These bring back memories of many hours of library research.
Print does live!
Riley, the Jack, wasn't too happy with me using his blanket as a background. And he likes to photobomb.
These are new-to-me writing blogs that have some good information for the prepublished and the published...
Other Interesting Links...
I'm supposed to be writing. But I'm really taking a quick Internet break. Here are some links that I visited recently. Check them out...
Visit Lisa's new blog, October Epiphany. She has a lot of great information on healthy and green living.
See Indonesia's blue volcano. Smithsonian gives the science behind why it appears blue instead of red or orange.
Here are photos of Antarctica's blood red waterfall.
Sony closes its ebook store.
See pictures of Japan's Cat Cafes. Guests pay to pet kitty cats.