Don’t Forget the Books

Guess what! I have amazing news. This is happening next week:


I’ve mentioned my business partner before, the high-in-demand Christy Hovey. With her incredible skills, we are pulling off an author signing in a wine bar downtown. And the best part? I get to wear a fancy dress—outside of the house! *cough* Okay, so maybe I don’t live that glamorous of a life. 🙂

During all of this exciting fiasco, I’d forgotten one very important detail. For a book signing, you kind of need books. So after discussing which account to order the books from, I hopped on CreateSpace and… estimated delivery March 18th, 2014. The day after the signing.

Well, that sucks.

From there, I scrambled to call some local printers. Nope. No can do on such short notice. Dang it! How many books did I have on hand? If I stole my husband’s copy—3. Not enough (being optimistic there).

I sighed and stared at my computer in despair for a time. Well. There was one other option.

It seems weird to me that Amazon will give me 2 day shipping on an order of 10 books, but the earliest CreateSpace can give me is 1 week, and that’s express. Ah well. The books are set to arrive tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

Learn from my experience. Don’t wait.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that the Authorgraph app doesn’t work on my phone. I can’t log in. I had hoped to be able to sign e-book copies of Thanmir War while at the signing, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be a possibility unless I take my laptop.

Anyone use Authorgraph at a signing before? Suggestions?

***Update*** Avoid the smartphone app. You can access straight from the smartphone browser. I’ve written a helpful article to cover that.

Does anyone have any good tips I should remember for a book signing?

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

19 thoughts on “Don’t Forget the Books

  1. Good luck with your signing! I’ve never done one before. I freeze up when dealing with people.

    • I’m not a very social person, but I figure there will be some people I know there, and I’m dragging my husband out with me.

  2. This sounds like so much fun – wine and books??? Two of my favorite things! Have a fantastic time. I wish I could help with Authorgraph, but I don’t have it 🙁

    • I’m pretty sure it’ll be a blast. Fun can be infectious, and wine will help relax people even more. 🙂

  3. How ironic you can order direct from Amazon and get the books faster!
    Never signed an eBook. Hope you figure it out.
    Good luck with the signing!

  4. Good luck! That’s really exciting! Someday I might get to do an in person signing too 🙂 well I hope all goes well with your books. I’ll never understand Createspace vs Amazon and why they are so different on some things.
    As for author graph- I just signed up myself so I can’t help. Sorry 🙁

    • I’m not sure about Amazon vs CreateSpace. I figure Amazon has more at risk with their “name”, despite being the same company.

      I figured out an Authorgraph workaround and am going to update the post to reflect that.

  5. I have no social life either. Don’t feel bad.

    I’ve heard that before, that you can get copies of your book faster if you order them as a customer instead of your author-self. Kinda silly, isn’t it?

    I have no idea about the e-book signing, though. Sorry. I’m not very tech-savvy. Maybe Carrie Butler would know.

    Good luck! 🙂

    • It is a little silly, an odd set of priorities. But I suppose it’s good that they make sure their purchasing customers are serviced first.

  6. Good luck with your event!

  7. Sounds like my kind of signing! 😀 I hope you have a wonderful time!

  8. How exciting. I’m pretty dang happy for you. Are you going to be reading from your book as well? I went to a Charles Frazier reading when I was in North Carolina. While waiting in line to get my book signed, it was fun to listen to the small talk each person made. I told him I was new to NC, and his books were all I knew of the state beforehand. When he found out I was from Idaho, he instantly named some obscure Idaho writer and musician. That really impressed me because it shows he must read a whole hell of a lot.

    • That is really cool and impressive. No plans for reading that I know of. I tend to trip over my words when I speak anyways. 🙂

      • Reading in front of a crowd can be nerve-racking, but hearing an author read their work in their own voice is always a treat.

  9. Yay, Loni! This is so cool! And having the excuse to wear something fancy just makes it even better. =)

    • I get plenty of opportunities to wear “princess” dresses around the house. But to actually go out? *squee!*

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