Book signings, for an unknown author, can be precarious at best. Many authors describe the process as nerve-racking. Unless your last name is Rowling, Grisham, Clancy or Koontz, you might spend an afternoon or evening alone at the bookstore or signing table.
The thought of being at a Barnes & Noble, an office or other venues with a stack of books and no people in line to get their book signed, can be very humbling, at best. This process will test the very fortitude of even a seasoned writer.
My first book signing was in August, 1997 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The book title was “If You Only Knew” and it’s available to read online, for free. Thankfully, the publisher and the distributor did some nice marketing prior to the event which assured that a number of people were in attendance.
Over the last twenty years, I have come to know that 5-10 people attending a signing is considered excellent for those not making a living selling books. Your best bet is to have your “event” well-publicized, with food and beverages as a nice option.
Be prepared, you may get to eat all those cookies yourself.
Recently, we had a book signing for our second book, “Seeing Life Through Private Eyes“. The publisher, Rowman & Littlefield (R&L), had announced a few days before that the book was now available on Kindle. Even more exciting for us, R&L also made the decision to publish the book in paperback. They will be ready for shipping on October 10, 2018.
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