Last week I talked about my geeky book signing kit, and mentioned I was going on a signing road trip.
Well, one week and seven bookstores later, I am here to report the results. Fabulous! I met wonderful store managers and staff, all super-friendly and helpful.
In five cases, they had at least one copy of my book, and were happy for me to sign their stock and add bookmarks. Without me asking, each time, the books were then moved to end-caps, and in one store, they put some on the Recommended Shelf. See?
An employee at one store apologized that they only had one copy on hand, saying, “We just can’t keep your book in stock." (Yea!)
Several managers offered me booksignings if I would call ahead when I returned to the area.
At two stores, they did not have any copies, but both times the managers greeted me warmly, took a bookmark and said they’d consider ordering.
So...all good! And when I mentioned my drive-by signings to my editor, she seemed very pleased, telling me “every visit helps!” So I encourage all of you with books out (or coming out, especially, a-hem, next month) to consider making these store visits yourself. It’s a whole new level of geeky fun!
Friday, April 20, 2007