I spent the morning and part of the afternoon signing books at Barnes and Noble in the Gateway mall. There are two things I learned.
First, every bookstore is different. They're all under different management, and since each person has a different view of authors and the books they've written, each manager prepares very differently for a signing. On Wednesday we showed up where they had a table waiting with a nice cloth, balloons, and lots of signage. We'd been placed in a position near the customer service desk and had lots of room.And our books were all spread out nicely on the table, just waiting for us to sign them.
Today, we showed up, the manager cleared off a display table and carried it right next to the doors and handed us a stack of books. He was a totally nice guy, and was sure to check on us and make sure we had what we needed. And how he did it wasn't wrong by any means. Just different.
So...lesson number one, always come prepared with your own table cloth, signage, and ideas.
Second, you'll get a different reaction to your book depending on the location of the store--especially when your book has a religious theme.We got lots of dirty looks today, but also met some interesting and wonderful people.
Lesson number two, it's always a good idea to have a giveaway or two, and if you can do more, try to draw for them every half hour or so in order to keep people around. The truth is, whenever there's a crowd, people come over to see what's going on, and sometimes those people end up buying.
There's more, but I'm pretty well aware that you're all dying to know who won the EZ View Desktop. Drawing now...
And the winner is...
Are you mad yet?
Okay fine, I'll really draw.
BABA! Congratulations on winning the desktop. Email me at writenichole at gmail dot com and get me your full name, mailing address and phone number as well as your color preference.
Thanks for playing, kids. And stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon.
Have a great weekend.