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First Ever Book Signing
By Janice Dietert   
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Last edited: Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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I had my first ever book signing on Sat Aug 4th. I set out for the book store terrified, but the moment I stepped in the door, terror turned to joy and the day was wonderful.

Saturday Aug 4th I had my first book signing at Seven Rays Bookstore in Syracuse, NY.  They were the first bookstore to pick up my novels Son of the Star and Shadows of the Anunnaki and they were the first to organize a book signing. 

I had never done anything like this before and I was so terrified on the drive to the bookstore I was nauseous.  However, the co-owners (mother/daughter) Betsy and Chrissy were so welcoming and sweet, that my nerves disappeared almost from the moment I stepped inside the store. 

While I had done a significant amount of presigning promo work, I literally had no one come to see me.  However, I had read numerous tips on doing a booksigning and followed as many as I could, including not just sitting there but getting up and moving around to interact with the customers in the store.  I'd had bookmarks made up for Shadows and I passed those out to anyone who would take one (free). 

I've learned a couple of things.   Book signings are a LOT of work and they're expensive.  However, just because your book is sitting on a shelf does NOT mean people will pick it up to read it.  If they don't know you, they're probably less likely to take a chance on your book.  I'm hoping that now that people have seen my face (hopefully with a friendly smile on it) and have interacted with me even briefly, they'll be more likely to take a chance on those books I have sitting on the shelf.

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Reviewed by steve Chering 9/18/2009
I can say..well done. You deserve it! All those hard hours of work put in..I know. It's a day you will never forget. I had my book put into a book store in London this year for the 1st time.
I was very red faced about the whole thing. But secretly...I was in Heaven.
Steve C
Reviewed by Chase Von 3/23/2008
Book signings are things I really haven't done. I did set up shop once outside of a store, and watch as people stared cautiously at my enlarged book cover, but few were interested enough to come take a look. (I could have used some of the advice you shared here), as I didn't want to impose myself on anyone by asking them to come check me out, but handing out a card as they went in the store, might have had more people interested in stopping by after they were done shopping...

So thank you:)

(If I ever do that again I will employ that:)

They can read it or throw it away but it's not intrusive.
Personally, I have walked by stands etc and the ones that are hollering the loudest to come see what they have to sell are the ones I am most likely to avoid)...

Best of luck with all that you do:)

PS it is Easter so Happy Easter to you and yours as well:)
Reviewed by Katherine Harms 1/18/2008
I hope to have a book signing somewhere if I ever have a book to sign! I do have a contract, but it will be a while before I hold a book in my hand. It is truly terrifying to think that someone needs to know me before getting acquainted with my book. I always thought books sold themselves. I've never met any of the authors of any book I own. hmmmmmmm
Reviewed by L Hippler 9/2/2007
This was a very informative article. Thank you for sharing it.
Larry H

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