Monday, July 30, 2007

My report on my signing

Well here's the low down on the signing. The staff at Borders were very accomodating. They were really polite and just basically let us take up a huge chunk of floor space for the afternoon with tables and our silly selves.

In attendance was myself, Linda Mooney, Emma Sanders, Pearl X Jones, and Evelyn Palfrey. I handed out group information and discs to every single person who came to the table. I haven't counted, but I'm guessing about 15 people (?). A few didn't get them because I didn't get to pounce on them after they spoke to the other authors but 003.gif that's okay.

There were only a few sales from the group of us, BUT everyone got the information on who we were, info on the books and how to order them, and overall it was a lot of fun.

Borders had run a local ad for the signing, which helped. Several people came because they saw that ad. Since I've made contact with the Borders in South Austin, I'm going to see if I can wing a Saturday date out of them next. icon_smile.gif

So my advice: Even if you can't sell because you don't have a tangible product, have only e-books, or don't have a lot of promotional savvy, iand f it's feasible, GO! There's now more people out there who will know about e-books if they didn't, and that many more people who now know of the authors who contributed to the group discs. (There's almost 20 authors iirc on the TexasARF.) Some had book trailers to add, chapters, covers, bookmarks to download, just a lot of stuff that went on a single disc. Plus you get to hang out with other writers. Is there a better way to spend a Saturday??

I know getting out there can be hard. I like talking to people, I'm the extrovert in my house. Even with only the e-books, I made sure everyone knew where and how. The other authors had books, I was the only e-book there, but I DIDN'T CARE! heheheee

It was a lot of fun, and I would suggest for a minimum of three if at all possible, or like was mentioned elsewhere, put out "bait". A sign (book thongs here etc), a question, or something catchy. If you have the means, take a player to play videos. Do a short podcast of the first chapter and play it on the speaker.

I was exhausted afterward, on the go from 10am on, but it was well worth it.

Well, once I have a handle on things here, I'm going to do a press release for the local paper, and hopefully the Borders will run an ad like the SA store did. I meant to do one, and didn't get a chance to research it and how to make it look good in time for the signing after conference.

So to all the ladies I got to spend my Saturday with, Thank you! For making my first signing so wonderfully enjoyable! You ladies Rocked!!!

1 comment:

Emma Sanders said...

Thank you for sharing your day with me, and for working hard on getting another signing together! I'm so glad I finally know how to pronounce your last name. :))