Monday, February 27, 2012
Those Autographs are Tricky
Lessons I've learned from book signings:
1.Ask if they even want the book signed. Some people put no stock in signatures and want the book in pristine condition.
2. If they want the book signed, ask if they only want the signature. That's preferred more often than you think.
3. If they want the book dedicated, then ask for a spelling. LINDA may sound simple, but you've ruined a book if the person's name is LYNDA.
4. If they want a message, ask is they have something in mind. Otherwise, you are on your own, but be conservative unless the person is a dear friend or close relative who you know will keep that book forever.
5. Forget the stickers that say "autographed book" unless asked to supply the sticker. Many do not like them.
All the more reason for an assistant if you are signing books for a line of people. I once attended a book signing where the people in line were asked to write down how they wanted the book signed on a slip of paper handed to them. In another case, the assistant went down the line, asked the person how he wanted the book signed, wrote it down for him (so the author could read the handwriting), and handed the paper back to the person to give to the author.
If you struggle with technicalities and mistakes, you lose that positivity. The point is to keep the mood light and enjoy meeting people.Let everybody have a grand time . . . including you.