Another thing that scares me . . .

And makes me sometimes question the push towards publication.

Book signings!

They terrify me. I envision sitting at a table where I’m forced to smile, act perky (something I’m not around strangers), and try to sell. A salesman (woman) I am not!

This was further brought home with a recent blog entry by Literary Agent Steve Laube about the importance of listening to your publisher about when and when not to schedule a book signing.

He added a Youtube video that I had to link here as well.

Loraine, I thought of you!

4 thoughts on “Another thing that scares me . . .

  1. Ha! You thought of me because no one comes to mine, either? πŸ˜‰ Ah well, sometimes a curious hardy reader will stop and ask … where the restroom is. Hey, it’s conversation:

    “And would you like to take a bookmark with you for something to read while you…. No? It’s fascinating reading. Really. Nearly as good as the…”

    Ah well, they make fun blog entries.

    Seriously, I now suggest going to these things just for name recognition. Have something to hand them as they scoot past! Bookmarks are good. Excerpts are better. If I can do it, you can, although these days I do group events instead of single. At least the conversation is more than about bathroom reading and directions. Authors like to talk about their books. Most of them. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Hee, hee. No . . . okay . . . kinda πŸ˜‰

    Mostly I thought of you because you’re the only author I know personally who’s done book signings. I knew you could relate.

    Thanks for the advice. I’ll try to remember them if/when I do my own signings.

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  3. Hi Andra, just bring a bowl of Hershey’s Kisses to put on the table in front of you, and smile! You’d probably only get one or two people at a time, and you just chit chat. Ask the person lots of questions about her — does she write? Is she part of a book club? etc. Come up with a nice phrase to put in the book when you sign it. Ask how they want it signed. You’ll be fabulous!

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