Thanks to that first nerve-racking signing I now have my own blog, share a super blog all for the ❤ ❤ ❤ with 5 other amazing UK blogs and beta read for Andie M. Long, Kelsey Burns, Nikki Groom and Natasha Preston. I’ve been lucky enough to attend another 5 signings since, most of them sat by Tash’s side normally winding her up and swapping her sharpies around as her unglamorous #CryingAssistant so if you’re around in Leeds, Birmingham or Edinburgh that’s where you’ll find me.
Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
- Before the signing join a signing group, they are often a lot of fun, you’ll find lots of information from the event organisers and fellow readers. They’re also great places to meet new friends especially if you’re attending alone.
- Be patient and be polite, you may have to queue but it’s in those queues that you get to do what you love most, talk about books and who knows maybe even meet a new book bestie.
- Wear a name badge or t-shirt with your name or your blogger name on. There are so many people who will know your name and not your face, don’t rely on facebook profile pictures (or mine at least) we all use photo’s from when we were younger, slimmer and all glammed up!
- Take a drink and a snack with you. Many signings will have places to grab refreshments but some don’t and at big signings you may find that you want to spend all your time in the signing room with authors.
- Don’t worry if you don’t have many books to be signed authors understand that you can’t buy every book. They sign bags, scrap books t-shirts, allsorts of random things, they’re just happy to meet you.
- Don’t walk by an author just because you don’t know them, you never know if that author has written an amazing book you’ve yet to read, trust me you’ll kick yourself afterwards.
- Line ups change right up until the day, life gets in the way sometimes and it can’t be helped. For this reason I’d advise buying your paperbacks as late as possible, you can always buy amazon vouchers throughout the year to spread the cost. Yes it’s sad if your favourite pulls out but who knows the person replacing them may just be your new favourite waiting to be discovered.
- Be prepared to come away with way more than you bargained for whether it be books or swag no matter how good your intentions were before you walk in the room the excitement will take over the pretties just stare at you and you know you need to add them to your bookshelf.
- Put a post it note on everything you want signing whether your name is spelt unusually or very simply things get spelt wrong in translation and nobody wants their favourite book signed to the wrong person!
- Most importantly just be yourself! There are so many different personalities walking around, you don’t have to try and fit in. The whole place will be full of character. The book world is one of the most accepting places I know, embrace it!
Whether you’re about to attend your first or your 30th signing I hope you enjoy! Hopefully I’ll meet you at a future signing one day 🙂
There are several UK signings this year for more info head on over to UK book signing FB group for the schedules. https://www.facebook.com/groups/689958931077904/?ref=br_tf
First signing of the year for me is Leeds head here for tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leeds-author-event-2016-tickets-15537433883
Followed by FBBF in Birmingham head here for tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/four-brits-book-fest-2016-tickets-17909592072