Book Signings: So Much More Than Selling Books

Really good information here… Have to share! Thank you Chris!

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By Chris Mandeville

The Author Book signing: you sit behind piles of your gorgeous books, surrounded by adoring readers who buy your books and have you autograph them. Awesome right? But unfortunately not always realistic.

Unless you are very famous, book signings can be dull affairs where the author sits alone twiddling her thumbs, smiling nervously and hoping someone will stop to chat. When someone does stop, it’s indeed awesome to connect with that person, even if they don’t buy a book. But frankly there can be a lot of time spent sitting alone.

Before a signing I find myself anticipating this “alone time,” and not in a good way. Normally when I have a quiet moment to myself I use it to write or brainstorm. But at a signing I can’t be writing or lost in thought because I won’t look inviting and approachable to potential visitors, and those…

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9 Ways To Avoid A Humiliating Public Failure At Your Book Signing Event

Excellent ideas on book signings here here, from Dan Alatorre’s blog… Have to Share!!!

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You finally worked up the nerve to ask a real, live bookstore to have you sign books at an event!

Okay, you emailed them.

But they replied and now you have a signing event! Woo hoo!

Uh oh…

A real live event.With people.

Or worse, maybe with NO people.

I can hear your heart pounding from here. You’ve heard horror stories about signings. Nobody came. Nobody bought a book…

Yeah , that can happen. IF YOU DON’T PLAN FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT.

It can happen even if you DO plan. So what do you do? After all, for the most part you tend to be humiliation-averse.

Good thing I was here!

I have 9 tips for what you need to make your signing a hit, plus some bonus tips for before and after the event, and a few planning/social media suggestions.

The biggest thing to…

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Here’s something else you don’t know about author events and signings

Wowza! Awesome post. Even after working retail for six years, some of this is new and terrific info. Madly scribbling notes for the next signing… Have to share! Thanks for writing this one,Dan!

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When you finally get up the courage to do an author event in person, you want it to be successful.

That’s a pretty big leap, I know. Most of you like the idea of an event but don’t necessarily want to do one yourself. You would much rather stay in your happy place and not stick your head out of your burrow. 

Understood.

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But here’s the thing you don’t know…

When you have an event, you are kind of the master of ceremonies. You are the main event. The show.

And as authors – many of whom are introverts – the idea of being the main event of the show is pretty much the opposite of anything good you ever want in life. When you look at a list of how authors describe Hell, that would probably be among the first things on…

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How do I deal with spam comments on my blog 1: Why do people spam my blog and why should I stop them?

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After writing about keeping people engaged with our blogs last week, I started thinking about those people we DON’T want to engage with – spammers. In the first part of this series I’ll talk about why people might spam comment on a blog and why we shouldn’t allow them to. I’ll move on to discuss how to identify a spam comment, and then how to deal with them.

What is a spam comment on a blog?

A spam comment is a comment that isn’t relevant to the blog post it’s commenting on and is placed simply to encourage people to click through to the website the spammer is promoting. At its “best”, this is used to promote a website, usually by a third party, but at worst, it could link to a dodgy site that could contain malware or viruses.

Why do people submit spam comments to blogs?

Like those…

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How To Get To Know Your Characters – Take Them Shopping! #SundayBlogShare #Writers

What an awesome idea! Must share!

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Do you want to get to know your fictional characters?

Do you feel like you and your characters need to bond?

Don’t despair!I have an amazing new trick for writing better characters. It involves two of my favourite pastimes; writing and shopping.

As writers we need to create interesting and compelling characters because no one will enjoy reading about them if they are dull and lifeless.

We have to make our imaginary friends come alive and to do this we need to know them inside out.

I have been reading a lot of writing craft books and they all seem to suggest filling out questionnaires in order to get to know your characters. This is a great technique but if you want to take things a step further andreally enjoy yourself at the same time – take your imaginary friends shopping! Yay!

Going shopping with your fictional characters is…

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Cake, Chocolate

I find that chocolate cake is infinitely helpful when writing. Almost any time really…

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Is Amazon Changing How We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them?

Excellent post, Tara! Must share!

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Is Amazon Changing The Way We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them? Yay for uniformity!

The other day, I tried a little experiment, and attempted to browse Amazon as though it were a good old-fashioned, bricks-and-mortar bookshop. It didn’t end well. It’s a miracle that my laptop survived the experiment, given my frustration.

Most bookshops I know, whatever the size, broadly have 3 sections for adult fiction: ‘Bestsellers’, ‘General Fiction’, and the perennially popular* ‘Crime’.

The bigger bookshops, in this country at least, might have further sections for ‘Sci-Fi/Fantasy’ or ‘Irish Interest’: but broadly, and for decades, booksellers simply used to separate ‘Fiction’ from ‘Non-Fiction’ and ‘Children’s’.

My experiment on Amazon went broadly as follows: first I stupidly thought I’d browse through ‘Bestsellers’. But Amazon said ‘No’. Amazon decreed that I couldn’t merely browse by ‘Fiction’ bestsellers from their home page. There were only 5 Fiction bestsellers available on the landing page, and no option to click through to a longer list.

Is Amazon Changing The Way We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them?

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Your Author Bio: Does it help your Book Sales or Stop Them Dead?

This is an awesome guide. Author bios are hard! Great post. Must share!

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by Anne R. Allen

No matter how great a book’s cover and blurb, one thing can stop me from buying yet another ebook for my Kindle: an author bio on the buy page that screams “amateur.”

I spent some time as an editor, so when I pick up a book for relaxation, I want to know it’s going to be a professional work and not something that makes me want to run for my red pencil.

If you start your bio “I’ve always wanted to write a book, ever since I won a penmanship prize in third grade, and now that I’ve self-published, “If My Cats Could Talk” my wish has come true…,” all you’ve told me is you’re a beginner.

Is that really what you want your customers to know?

Your buy page at Amazon or any online retail store is like your own personal storefront. It can be…

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#amwriting: worldbuilding: a framework to hang a story on

Awesome post! Must share! Very well done!

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

I write in many different worlds with widely varying levels of technology and forms of government, some set in fantasy worlds and some set in contemporary real-world environments. When I first began writing I had been reading and studying the works of Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, and the many other pioneering sci-fi and fantasy writers of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

This was long before eBooks, and I had discovered the joys of the secondhand book store. Every payday I had several new books to add to my collection. In fact, it became hard to find people to help me move whenever my work took me to a different place, because of my large collection of secondhand books.

Many times the actual details of the society and the infrastructure didn’t matter and didn’t come into their stories at all. But the authors knew them, and their visualization…

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ATTENTION MARKETING: Book Charms

Awesome idea! Have to share! Thanks for the instructions!

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Guest Post by Deborah Cooke (Abridged from a version originally published on www.deborahcooke.com)

Book charms are adorable and readers love them. I’ve bought them in the past from Etsy vendors, but when I realized I needed at least 100 of them for an event last August, I decided to try making my own.bookcharms

A big part of this decision was that I found little blank books in the dollhouse section at the craft store. They have paper pages and little covers, which are so much more realistic than book charms made of clay. Since these look like little hardcover books, I decided to make slipcovers for them (instead of just gluing my front cover on the book). This is, of course, the Hard Way, but I think the result is worth the trouble.

smallbooksThe tricky bit is getting the proportions right on the printed slip cover. I measured…

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