Thanks to all of you, my dear friends and readers, I have labeled my first book signing a success. Sure, I was nervous; so much so I couldn't eat breakfast or lunch and didn't have a real meal 'til 3:00 PM. And, yes, at times The CP and I found ourselves chatting with only each other, but that was cool, because we talked books and manuscripts while eating cookies and chocolate. She stayed with me the entire time, a truth for which I am most grateful if only so I wouldn't have to sit alone at a table stocked-full of books and bookmarks and Hershey's kisses, looking like a lonely, starving artist. (Please, please come talk to me! I promise I won't bite!)
So, that aside, it's time to get back into the flow. Start writing full-force again (I have an entire chapter to write by this evening, and I'm only maybe 1k words in...meep!). But I did want to share a few things with you I learned yesterday. A sort of checklist (yay, lists!) to help at your next book signing or first book signing or whenever you decide to sit behind a table and silently beg people with your eyes and a smile to come at least say, "Hi! So, what's your book about??"
1. Recruit someone to help you. Someone who doesn't mind sitting for a few hours, taking money, etc. The CP did a perfect job of this for me, and I can't wait to return the favor at her first signing.
2. Have extra pens, bookmarks, and notecards. Oh, and don't forget your favorite pen! With refills, if necessary.
3. Put out a guest book or a sign-up sheet tacked to a clipboard, so guests can write down their names and email addresses.
4. Bring plenty of books and a spool (or sheet) of "Autographed Copy" or "Signed by the Author" stickers. People love that their copies are personalized and autographed. You can find stickers on zazzle.com or amazon.com or make your own at stickerobot.com.
5. Offer chocolate. Believe it or not, treats make people remember you.
6. Wear something comfortable, yet professional; something that reflects your personality and writing style.
7. Afterwards, send thank you's to those who helped you, especially but not limited to the person or place of business who hosted the event.
That's all I've got for now. If you're an author, how do you get through your signings? What tricks and/or tips have you learned along the way?
Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,