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enigmaticuser
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Yesterday, I had a book signing at a local library. The turn out was good for my locale (about 10-12 people). It was relatively easy (and cheap) to put together, most of the complication and expense was refreshments, so thought if you're a self-pubber you might want to give it a try.
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Sounds like fun and didn't cost much.

May not be wroth it to pay for a trip somewhere else but at the local library or store as I said sounded like fun.

[ April 28, 2012, 12:10 PM: Message edited by: LDWriter2 ]

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MartinV
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I might do that once I translate my latest work into my native language. I'm already a pal to all the workers in the biggest bookstore in my country (still small) so I might get George R. R. Martin's seat when he came to a book signing last year. [Big Grin]
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That sounds awesome Martin. If its a small pool you get big distinction.

LD, yep it wouldn't be worth it with a lot of travel, but I figure as time goes on (say for my next novel premiere) I'll get a bigger crowd locally and then it might be worth it to do another one further out. It's all a snowball.

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I'm in the middle of a book tour, and thought I'd mention something to think about when planning signings. That's to think about why you are doing it.

In general, a book tour is important for these reasons, in this order.

1. Rewards existing readers
2. Teaches booksellers how to hand sell your book.
3. To sell books that day

The cost/benefit ratio of a book tour is pretty low if one is trying to sell books immediately.

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I'll just note that Tim Powers and others at the WOTF workshop really emphasized number 1 as a reason to do book signing (and to a lesser extent 2). Number 3 was generally seen as a waste of time.
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Speaking of Tim Powers, I just met him this weekend. [Wink]
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