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How To Prepare For An Author Signing…


articlesWith any new experience on our writing journey, it is always best to prepare and gather assistance from more experienced authors and writers. Although, I have attended several author readings, this coming Saturday 7th June, will be a new venture for me. A book signing!

While my publisher, Dream Write Publishing, will be present and has organized the promotional element as well as the initial contact with the venue’s owner’s, there are still several things I can do too.

The first is to ensure I have my own ‘book signing kit’. This will comprise of several pens, book marks, visual representations of the book, which in this instance is my Rumble soft toy for Rumble’s First Scare, a mailing list sign up sheet, a pre-order sheet for my next children’s book, a copy of a child’s review of Rumble, business cards, a notepad to write down the spelling of people’s names – this ensures the book has a nice signature and not a scribbled correction!

Other tips I have found include:

Not sitting behind the table but standing and engaging with visitors by introducing yourself.

Handing your book to people/children so they can take a look.

Get someone to take photos of you signing the book. This is great for future promotion. You can even send copies to purchasers via their email address, if they so wish.

Take into consideration, where you will sign in the book – the most common is on the title page. Ensure illustrations or text are not covered.

Ask whose name you should inscribe (ask for spelling) and also personalize the message, either in regards to the venue or have a few phrases you can alternate.

Have you attended a book signing?

Do you have any tips to share?

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Details of the book signing: 

Venue:  Leduc Artisan Market,  Bay 2, 5110 – 50th Street, Leduc, AB, T9E 6Z6

Saturday June 7th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Check out our event on Facebook

 

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/752053214816971/

The Market promotes local artisans including some Dream Write authors – come by and say hi – get your book signed and enjoy 10% off your purchase!

There will be other author’s represented by DWP attending with their own books. Karen Probert – Fragments of Lives and Beth Rowe – Bird of Barjag are confirmed along with yours truly. Other authors are expected to confirm this week. Check the facebook event page.

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Summer Reading – Get Your Books Ordered & Receive A Special Offer…


 

So summer is dawning and our thoughts turn to relaxation with a great book, or if you are like me books! I thought this special offer would appeal to many of you. You will find a wide range of books in various genres available at http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/catalog/books

 Buy a book (any book, any order) on line in June and July from the Dream Write Publishing catalog >> Read them. Enjoy them at home, at the beach, at the cabin, on the bus… or wherever you might be this summer. >> Review them. Write up a short “how you feel” about the book and send it back via the contact us form on the web site. We will post them on the book’s page so others can read your review (we will only put your first name). Buy 2 books – one in June and one in July – and get the August book 50% off >> Request your 3rd book from Dream Write Publishing via email and we will send it out to you at a discount! To be fair to the third author, please, send us a review for that book, too. 

Why not join in the fun?

Quotes:

A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.  Joyce Carol Oates

As writers go, I have a skin of average thickness. I am pleased by a good review, disappointed by a bad. None of it penetrates far enough to influence the thing I write next. Rachel Cusk

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In other news – I will be signing books at Leduc Artisan Market on 7th June between 10 am – 2 pm. For more details see their facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/752053214816971/?ref_notif_type=like&source=1

Rumble will be accompanying me – he just loves lots of cuddles! Rumble display

Now let’s think of a prompt for today. How about a short review of your favorite book? It will give you some practice before your first book order arrives from Dream Write Publishing!

 

Formidable Promotion…


Formidable – definition: 1. causing fear, apprehension, or dread; 2. of great strength; forceful; powerful

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As writers and authors, we are formidable not just because we have the ability to create narratives but also how we ‘market’ those stories. We all have our comfort levels for marketing and promotion, and no matter which route you chose, that is the best option for you.

Social media can be seem like a ‘soft’ option, in that, you are not up close and personal with your readers. However, there are countless sites to chose from and then maintain. We need to research which avenues of promotion will work best not just for our genres but also for sustaining them. If you create accounts on too many, you will find you have no time for creating new narratives. It is a fine balance between promoting and writing.

Your choice is mainly genre based but that does not restrict your scope. If you are writing period historical romance, then sites dealing with this genre are good but also any sites that deal with that particular period, whether in reference to costume, historical setting or events. Linking back to your blog or website gives you a good networking base. Just remember not to hard sell in every comment you leave on other websites. Generate relationships with the hosts, give your view and pose questions.

appsFor the novice author on the verge of publishing their first novel, the options can seem mind-boggling diverse and numerous.  I have linked to some great sites with advice on this very subject:

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/03/27/marketing-your-first-book-graham-storrs/

http://thewritepractice.com/publish-book/

http://www.writersstore.com/15-do-it-yourself-tools-to-promote-your-book/

http://bolstablog.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/promote-your-book/

What avenues do you use?

How did you decide on which sites and options were best for your novel?

Once we feel more comfortable there are author readings, book signings and book selling events to contemplate and attend. These are more nerve racking for many of us but are much more satisfying because we get instant feedback. Yes, it may not be favorable some of the time but writers need a thick skin and we must view all feedback as an opportunity to improve.

I wrote about needing a thick skin here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/02/13/writers-need-a-thick-skin/

How many public events have you attended?

What was your experience ?