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Thanks to all who attended the reading and book signing for HAUNTINGS FROM THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN Oct. 26 at Barnes & Noble in Twin Falls.
Authors who attended included Jay Michaels, Sherri George, Loy Ann Bell, Bonnie Dodge, Patricia Santos Marcantonio and Giselle Jeffries.
We had a frightfully good time talking to everyone at Stricker after Dark in October. Here Pat is telling a ghost story.
A book signing will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Hastings Books, Music and Video on Blue Lakes Blvd. No. in Twin Falls.
Come meet some of the authors.
You’ve written a book. You actually have it published and just committed to a book signing, which is still a week away. Already your knees are shaking. Your head hurts. You’re sure you’re coming down with a cold. You’d rather wait tables or clean toilets. Welcome to the wonderful world of being an author.
Book signings can be intimidating. Under pressure, our insecurities bubble to the surface. No one will buy my book. No one will show up. No one will like me. This is a natural reaction for most writers. But book signings don’t have to be painful. Here are some ways to help you have a good time, even if you don’t sell a single book.
Organization goes a long way in making your book signing successful. Once you set up your signing, keep calling back and checking in to make sure everything’s on track. They have you on the calendar. Books have been ordered and will be there in time. If you are bringing your own books, make sure you have them with you and remember to bring them to the store.
Several weeks before the event, promote your signing. Send out press releases and do radio spots if possible. Post on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to get and keep a buzz going. We’re all busy. It’s easy to forget.
The day of the signing, arrive early. Bring signs promoting your event. Dress professionally and try to arrive fresh and relaxed. Make sure you have
plenty of pens
tablecloth just in case
a smile and positive attitude
Remember to smile and talk. Don’t hide behind books or look away when a customer approaches. Look them in the eye. Extend your hand and say, “Hi, I’m having a book signing today.” Put the book in their hand and ask a question that relates to your book. “Do you like xxxx stories? Did you know xxxxx?” Even a genuine comment, “I like your scarf,” is enough to begin a conversation. People buy books from people they like, so find a way to make these strangers feel comfortable and interested in what you have to say. Forget about selling books and sell yourself instead.
Have realistic expectations. Everyone who walks into the store is a potential customer, but they may not like the kind of book you write. Hand them one of your bookmarks and ask them to recommend you to their friends.
Rather than dread the signing, take advantage of this opportunity to meet people and make new friends. Hope for the best and expect the worst. The result will fall somewhere in between. But mostly, try to relax and have fun. And don’t forget to thank the store for hosting your event.
Two book signings for HAUNTINGS FROM THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN are coming up this month.
From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, there will be a book party at the Rediscovered Bookstore, 180 North 8th Street in Boise.
From 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, a book signing will be held at Hastings Books Music & Video, 870 Blue Lakes Boulevard North, in Twin Falls. We hope some authors will do readings.
Hope to see you there.