Poor Richards bookstore in downtown Colorado Springs was gracious in offering to have a book signing for my WWII historical fiction novel Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me? It went really well! I did two readings and a Q & A session (if you write books, this is super fun). As such, I wanted to share some things that I did for – or learned from – this experience.
- Order too many books. I ran out! Whatever you think is enough, order more.
- Publicize the event on Twitter and in local newspapers. I had several people who came (mostly because of copious retweets of the event) that did not know about the book before that.
- Dress up. As my mother says: “When in doubt, overdress.”
- Get a professional photographer (or a friend who’s great with a camera) to take pictures of the signing. Get shots with readers and put them up on your website (or novel FB wall). Have two chairs, one for you and one for a fan (but a bench is even better!) More pictures should be up later today on carrienyman.com too!
- Check out the space and drop off flyers. I did printed cards, like invitations, with my book cover on them which included all pertinent information.
- Bring flowers, especially if you mention any specific ones in your book. I brought peach roses.
- Bring a picture or a poster of your book cover (you can probably get signage from your publisher). I brought a picture of Honey (my MC) and a British WWII slogan: YOUR COURAGE, YOUR CHEERFULNESS, YOUR RESOLUTION WILL BRING US VICTORY
- Make sure you have plenty of business cards or bookmarks for readers that serve as reminders to review your work on sites like Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads.
- When writing inscriptions (with your favorite pen!) on the title page, make sure you get their name right! Even if you think you know how to spell it (I had a reader named Cathie that reminded me of this!) Personalize your message (how embarrassing would it be if readers compared your writing and found them to be identical). Also, include a thank you and maybe even a quote from your novel.
- Ask readers for their feedback.
Here are a few more pictures from the event. Hope you enjoy your signing! (It’ll happen someday!)