Book Signing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Some excellent advice from Sophie Tallis on how to have a successful book signing. Please visit her blog for an excellent Do’s and Don’ts list.

Sophie E Tallis - Author/Illustrator

This is the second post I’ve written specifically on book signing, as this is a topic I have some experience with. So, I’d like to share what I’ve learnt and what the experience is like for authors embarking on this scary and exciting journey.

Back in 2012, I had a sell out book launch in prestigious ‘Bookseller Award Winning’ Octavia’s Bookshop, followed by a very successful Waterstones book signing tour. It was both exhausting and exhilarating and costly in terms of petrol/gas and parking, but I loved it and sold a lot of books! Yay! Octavia's Bookshop Cirencester

Fast forward to now. I’ve done my first book fair, my first reading and attended my first convention for my novel, White Mountain(published 1st Dec 2014 by Grimbold Books & Kristell Ink Publishing), and am embarking on yet more signing dates. Octavia's Bookshop

Along the way, I’ve learnt things that work and things that don’t and have had invaluable advice…

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3 thoughts on “Book Signing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

  1. Wow, thank you SO much Tricia!!! 😀 Yes, I think we both know of people who have turned bookshops away from having indie authors signing, only today I received an email from a local store I signed in two years ago who said that they the company had changed its policy! Humph. 😦

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    • Thank you noelleg! I know of authors who choose to stand and maybe that works for them, but without exception EVERY bookshop I’ve signed in and staff I’ve talked to, have all said they like their authors sitting. It makes sense, the last thing any of us want to do is intimidate our customers and as a customer I always feel more comfortable going up to someone sitting down rather than someone standing up and possibly towering over me (I’m rather short!). It’s certainly what all the professionals do too, so I figure if it’s good enough for major writers and the bookshops, then it’s probably something we should all be doing. 😀

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