By Marilyn Baron
Two sister Wild Rose Press Authors (Linda Joyce and Melissa Klein) and I participated in our third book reading and signing at Abundant Grounds Café in Kennesaw, Georgia, and we had a really nice turnout.
We had prepared paper bags of chocolate candy and we each gave away a gift bag related to our books. We did readings and talked about our writing journey. People seemed to enjoy it.
Our first two readings were at bookstores. Reading at Abundant Grounds Café was a departure, but it was interesting. I would recommend teaming up with another author or authors. It’s more fun and it gives readers some variety. It’s a good idea to take a theme from your book and tie that in to your signing location. For example, if you feature knitting in your book, hold the reading at a knitting shop. We are authors with The Wild Rose Press, so we wanted to arrange to sign at the garden store. That may be next on our list when we resume our signings in the fall. We’re trying to think of some out-of-the-box ideas.
Hints: Bring a white tablecloth, arrange for the store to have a signing table and chairs for the guests. In addition to your books, make sure to have some bookmarkers or postcards to give away in case people want to buy an eBook when they get home. Bring signing pens. Have water on hand for the authors. Have index cards and a bag for drawing prizes. Ask guests to sign up for your newsletter if they want to. It would be great to have some set up help (husbands, children, friends).
And, above all, have fun!
Here are some pictures of our event.