Janette Kenny’s been my guest the last couple of days and today she wrote a wonderful guest blog…
Recently, I met a person who harbored the belief that the publisher sends every author on these exciting book tours, where at the bookstore we are greeted by a line of eager fans all clambering to get our autograph. Oh, if that were only true!
The reality is far different. For one, booking an event, as they are called, isn’t a guaranteed thing. Not all bookstores welcome having an author in house, unless he/she is a big name.
For another, booksignings are often a hit or miss thing depending on: the weather, conflicting social/sport events, and the bookseller failing to order copies for the signing. Yes, sometimes an author arrives only to find the bookstore forgot to order the books–it happened to me once.
There are few bookstores that advertise a booksigning beforehand, and that’s usually “in-store” advertising in the way of posters or such or on an event schedule online. So unless a reader happens to come in the store beforehand or check out the stores online in their area, they are unaware of the signing.
There are a few independent (indie bookstores) that still handsell authors, and they know their readers so well that when an event is scheduled, they’ll call their reader list to let them know. Again, there are few of them that do that, and sadly independent bookstores have closed at an alarming rate.
So it’s not unusual for an author to travel some distance to a signing, and end up sitting for hours and only sell half a dozen copies. Sometimes less.
What’s a reader to do if they want an autographed copy of a book? Fortunately many bookstores will gladly let an author sign copies they have on hand. That way readers can buy an autographed copy. And there are always online contests, blogs and virtual signings were readers can get autographed copies.
So the next time you happen on an autographed copy of a book in a store, remember that the author went out of their way to provide it for their readers. Believe it or not, readers are the most important people in an author’s life.
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Thank you Janette for that great blog!
As a reader, I definitely appreciate it when I get an autographed book and I LOVE meeting authors in person…even if I do get a bit nervous and get that “deer-in-the-headlights” look.
Janette’s blog got me thinking…have any of you ever been to a booksigning or ever found an autographed book in a bookstore?
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