Tommorow, February 12th, I will be attending Reader Appreciation Day with fellow authors at Barnes and Noble. This is an annual event. Many authors will be signing books. Alas, I have no book to sign yet, since Secrets of the Heart does not release until May 2011. But there is always opportunity if one looks for it. Here are a few things you can do even when your book isn't out there yet.
- Get your business cards ready for distribution.
- Ask your publisher for mock ups. Realms kindly gave me three.
- Prepare to talk about your book.
- Distribute a blurb about your book along with endorsements.
- Hold a raffle. I'm going to raffle off a lovely piece of jewlery.
- Have pieces of paper ready that people can put name/e-mail on for the raffle and tell them it's for your newsletter. Everyone may not want to do that, but the readers who are comfortable with it get a shot at the raffle.
- CHOCOLATE. It's close to Valentine's Day and lots of us love a piece of candy.
- A few pens for convenience. I didn't order any of those pens with my name on it.
- Bring a camera. I just thought of this one. I'll want pictures for blog purposes.
- Dress professionally.
I recently was blessed by two blog posts that gave me a lot of these ideas. If you go to this post on my blog Blog Pick Friday you can easily find those posts. (I hope). Great advice.
If you are a reader that has attended an event like this or has attended a book signing what did you like and what didn't you like? What would you recommend?
If you are a writer and have done individual book signings and signings in a group as well what did you like and what didn't you like? What would you recommend?
Reader or writer, are book signings worth it? Please take a piece of chocolate as you leave the blog. :)