Going to book signings is a great way to get some face time with renowned authors, to meet other aspiring authors, and to discuss books…but mostly they’re just fun. The best part is that they are all different. Like children, signings have different personalities, run on different schedules, and vary in level of noise and chaos. Going to a lot of book signings is a great way to plan for your own future book signings. It’s interesting to find aspects at each that you like and some that you won’t. I’m not saying that there is a special cocktail that produces the best book signing, but it can be educational to attend them often enough so you can figure out what suits you and your particular taste.
I just attended two signings within a week, Orson Scott Card and Nancy E. Turner. Both authors have very different genres, clout, and writing styles. Their signings were also different, unique to the author. So, attend some signings and start thinking about how you may want your book signing to flow…for you and your readers. Think of how you want to address your audience both as a group and individually. Just be sure not too get too worked up over it. Your book signings are one of the final steps to getting your story out there. There’s a lot to do before that happens and it doesn’t do you any good to worry about the future. But sometimes it’s nice to dream about it.