Category Archives: Book Signings

5 Tips for a Successful Book Signing

You’ve finally made it into the upper echelon of the writing world: you’ve gotten your first book published and now it’s time to undertake a promotional tour that includes interviews, readings, and of course, book signings.  Although you may not be very well known yet, and therefor worried about people showing up, you can definitely…

Ten Tips for Shy Authors

Many authors are shy and introverted. They want to write their books, but they don’t want to market them. However, no one will read the books if marketing efforts aren’t made, and even a shy author is still the best salesperson for his or her book. Meeting one’s public is not as difficult or frightening…

12 Secrets to Selling More Books at Events

So you got a book event, great! Now you want to maximize it, right? You’ve heard your writing buddies (or perhaps read online) about the lack of attendance at signings so figuring out how to maximize the event, regardless of the numbers might be tricky. While I spend a lot of time addressing online marketing,…

No Book Signing Is a Failure

People seem to like numbers for a variety of reasons. Even those who aren’t into math (of which there are many) like to gauge success or failure in terms of numbers. When it comes to book signing events, there’s even a number for that too which is the magic number 8. If you sell 8…

Book Signing Tips: Read This If You’re Not Sarah Palin

The book signing, like so many other elements of the publishing industry, is evolving into something new, different, and better. Gone are the days when authors can sit at a bookstore table and sign book after book. That still works for Sarah Palin, but not the rest of us. So what does work? How do…

Virtual Book Signings

Not every author can schedule book signings into their promotional plan, but thanks to technology, there are easy and convenient alternatives to this traditional event. It can be as simple as an author signing her name on a plain label and mailing it to the reader, or as complex as organizing an online chat with…

Get Your Book Into the Chain Stores

With chain stores: it’s the author, not the book. One way to get into the chains is through the backdoor. Go to a local chain store and offer a mini seminar on your subject. We used to call these “autographings.” Then you must turn out the crowd. Remember, the store is only providing the venue….

Book Events That Really Sell

You’ve arranged a book signing, or reserved an expo table. You’re counting the days to the big event, dreaming every night of mile-long customer lines and overflowing cash boxes. Unfortunately, that scenario really is “in your dreams” for most writers. If you aren’t sufficiently popular to draw interest on pure name recognition, you may be…

Three Faces of the ALA Conference

I visited the American Library Conference (ALA) in Washington, DC as an author, with my publisher and as a guest. I wanted to give my perspective from all sides regarding how great of experience this is for an author and a small publisher. This conference had hundreds of vendors, publishers and librarians in attendance and…

Event Publicity Campaigns

I can’t overstate the importance of customizing your communications (including news releases)—whether you’re approaching a blog, a small community newspaper, or the Today show. So long as these media professionals feel like their wishes and needs are being met, you can and will generate publicity. There’s a good chance, too, that you will be able…