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 http://www.authorgraph.com 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?
19 thoughts on “Don’t Forget the Books”
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.
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. 🙂
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!
I thought it was funny too, but hey, it works!
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.
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.
Good luck with your event!
Sounds like my kind of signing! 😀 I hope you have a wonderful time!
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.
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!*