Do you like to do or attend Book Signings?

United States
February 3, 2012 11:25pm CST
I am a new author and my book has been out for about six months. I have been trying various local fairs and book signings. The book signing events have been my most profitable means for selling and promoting my book, but it's hard work and the driving to the book stores where I do the events can be far. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth the gas to drive so far just to hopefully sell a book. Most of the visitors that come to the bookstore are very nice also, but some just want to go and find their video or CD/DVD. It's hard being new and unknown, but its also an adventure I never dreamed I would do. I still get goose bumps whenever someone buys my book and asks me to sign it. =) Does anyone out there like going to Book Signings, even if the author is new? And if you are an author, do you enjoy doing book signings? How far are you willing to travel to sell your book?
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
4 Feb 12
I been to one book signing and it was my previous doctor who wrote a book and she had a signing at the local library. I did't go up to her, for one I no longer use her and for two, though I read her book, I didn't own one and wasn't going to buy it because it just wasn't a book I'd like in my collection. I am wondering about your book though, what genre is it? What is the title and what is it about? I am hoping by next year at this time my own book will be published, so I am glad to see a little of what it is like trying to promote a book. Then again, between mylot and FB, I have quite a few people looking forward to reading my book already..lol
• United States
13 Feb 12
Sorry it's taken so long to reply to everyone's comments. Last week had me busy with 3 days of local fairs. Ran out of marketing materials and spent my spare time printing and cutting. Anyway, my book is called "Realmwalkers" and it is basically a Sci Fi Medieval Fantasy (see my profile). I wish you luck with your writing endeavors. It takes a lot of time and money to launch your creation when no one knows you. As for book signings, it's good you went to one so you could see what they are like. I hope your ex-doctor had a good event. My events have been busy and I did sell books but it's nothing like what you see in movies where the author is sitting at a table with a long line of people standing and waiting to get their copy signed. Oh no! I have had to be aggressive, standing and shaking hands and doing a lot of talking in order to convince them to buy a book. When you are a new author you have a lot of work to do to promote your book. If you are on a shoe-string marketing budget, it's even worse. I hope to attend some book signings to learn more about such events. I am getting some good replies here at MyLot. People have been very helpful.
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• United States
13 Feb 12
Well, I think because this is a small town, so most everyone knows this doctor, when she was at the library, there was maybe not a whole lot, but at least 4-6 people were gathered around her as she sat down at the table. Another reason I didn't really talk to her, though I did read her book, she was obviously busy talking to others.. Wow that is scary though, as an unknown, though many online friends know me and can't wait until my book is published, I will have to work on my "real life" social skills in order to get my book sold.... I hope now that you are published, you won't have to work so long. Now I am off to view your profile and check out your book...:D
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• United States
13 Feb 12
Oh no! Thanks again for your comments. It seemas now that I am done writing, marketing has taken over my life. The snow birds (out of towners) are in town and eager to have fun or be entertained, so now there are events where locals do what they can to take advantage of their business. I have been busy going to whatever street fairs or events are taking place and signing up to be in them as a vendor. I have designed my own flyers and made hundreds of book markers to promote with. If you are going to be an author, Carmel, you better get ready to work your tush off in promoting and selling your book. And don't forget to keep good records of EVERYTHING you do for tax purposes. At the end of the day, being an author is also being a promoter, marketer, web designer, blogger, administrator and bookseller. If you don't have the money to hire these people to do the work for you, get ready to roll up your sleeves and burn the midnight oil. This is why it's taken me a long time to get back here to reply to everyone here. The good news though is that my work is paying off. I have sold over 120 book since last August! =)
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@kvarun88 (275)
• India
20 May 12
Hey... Well i have attended a few book signing events.. Mostly the books were all for kids and because of which i did not buy any of the books... But i jus love to go those events just to see how the authors enjoy the stardom u knw..! for even i want to be an author one day and i hope to learn a thing or two on how to address the group and how to answer specific fans questions.. jus love goin to such events..! I hope u have a great time promoting ur books too..! Cheers..!
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• United States
29 May 12
It's a lot of work and if you are not a people person, book signings can be difficult to do. It's scary waiting and hoping someone will buy your book. I have done okay so far with "Realmwalkers" (see my profile) but stardom? No, no stardom yet. But I can't complain. Good luck with your writing!
@Danjoish (14)
• United States
4 Feb 12
I'm a kids' book author and I do about 5 readings/signings a month right now. I've had readings for close to 200 kids and sometimes just a handful, and it's been worth it every single time. The furthest I've traveled is from New York to Boston or DC. You can do virtual readings as well and reach more people, but I'm not sure what kind of books you write. As a new author you should be even more proud when someone choses your book! It's especially fun when people want you to sign a book that they'll be giving as a gift. Do you have any favorite aspects??
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• United States
7 Feb 12
Wow!! Sounds like you do a lot of driving also! I haven't done any readings yet. I am so new, not even sure I can do a reading. My book is called Realmwalkers and its a sci fi medieval fantasy novel. It's 460 pages long (see my profile links) but its been doing well, I think. I have sold over a hundred copies since August. I have tried reading out loud for my writers group, but I sound terrible. I even begin to stutter at times. I am now trying to convert the book into ebook format and cut back on the book signings. Since you are also an author, I will send you a friend request, Danjoish.
@tessa9 (1086)
• Philippines
4 Feb 12
I only went a one book signing and it was not for me but it was for a friend. His favorite player was having a book signing near my work place so I went. He was not able to go because he will be out of town at that time. I went and fall in line for about an hour. I did not expect a lot of people to be there but there were a lot. Let's just say that he was pretty happy and he is not forever in debt lol. But he is good friend so he deserves it, I do take advantage of that fact though.
• United States
7 Feb 12
I have never been to such a book signing where one has to wait in line to get their book signed. I have seen them on TV and in movies, but never been to one where the book (or the author) is so hot people wait in line to buy the book. It must be terribly exciting to get that popular. I get nervous just having one or two people waiting for me to sign their books. If I sell even a dozen of my books, I am truly elated. =)
@beamer88 (4267)
• Philippines
4 Feb 12
I've never been to any book signing event since all my favorite authors are from foreign countries and they haven't visited my country yet. I would though if they come here. It's a good feeling to have your book signed by the author. It somehow becomes more personal. And I think most book lovers share this sentiment so book signing events can really be a great sales tool also for the author. So I guess you hard work and the drive to the event are worth it :)
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• United States
7 Feb 12
Book signings are definately an experience. I was very nervous at first, trying to make the event successful, but now after several under my belt, it's not a big deal. People are so nice even if they aren't interested or can't buy the book. Such events can be hard to do some times depending on all the driving involved but it is gratifying when someone buys my book, Realmwalkers. I sold out at my last book signing. A real milestone for me. I think it also depends a lot on the author also. If the author is a celeb, then they better have plenty of books to sign. :)