Book Signings

Hello, I’ve been pondering on the value of book signings and would love to hear from authors about their experiences. What are the best kind of book signings?

One of the best I did was in Chichester a few years ago.  The book being launched was set during the second world war and concerned two evacuees from London who were evacuated to the country.

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We had a good position at the front of the shop (Waterstones) and the management even went out and bought some wartime song tapes by  the original artistes and had them playing very softly in the background all  the time we were there.  We sold a lot of books and heard many stories from people who also had been evacuated during that period.  The signing achieved its aim in that alone, but the networking with the reading public was good too.  That particular book was called TIN HATS AND GAS MASKS.

Would you agree that book signings depend on more than a good story? The weather, the day of the week and the time of day are all factors and of course whether the event has been advertised at the right time – too soon and it can get missed on the day and too  near the event many people are committed elsewhere.  It is a more delicate operation than one thinks sometimes.
It is  a good idea to ask someone to write a report for local paper or/and magazine emphasising details of where the book is still available to buy because once the event is over it is quickly forgotten.  Look forward to hearing your stories on this subject.
Happy writing and reading,
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