Nervous Author Wants to Sign Book and needs Advice

 

Has anyone set up their own book signing, let’s say at a coffee house, a library, or another place that doesn’t immediately come to my mind? I would love as an indie author to promote my book in person at least once to see if I can get over my timidness.

I talked tonight with another indie author and he suggested that I set up a book signing complete with 4 or 5 author friends. I just happen to have 3 other local writers that I might coax into joining me.

Are you able to help me come up with more ideas for such an event? Any ideas would be so appreciated. Believe me, I have already been to Pinterest and my mind is buzzing with ideas, but share your own with me!

In fact, if you are local to the Lexington Kentucky area, there would be a spot for you to join us.

Please let me know. I look forward to meeting more indie authors and learning how you promote in person and off of the Internet.

For a nice change of pace let’s log out of Facebook and Twitter and hit the streets of Lexington Kentucky.

I have a set of questions that perhaps someone could assist me with:

  1. How many books should you bring with you?
  2. Should you also bring bookmarks, business cards, pens, and other swag?
  3. Does swag help in brand retention?
  4. How far ahead should you plan an event?
  5. If you have a book almost ready to publish should you promote it while selling your last book?
  6. Would you suggest a mailing list sign up sheet?

Thank you in advance, don’t be shy. This is what leads me to this blog post. I want to be able to face new readers with confidence. Won’t you help me figure this out, or even better join me?

Making Goodreads a Partner in your Success Story

Goodreads is a site I go to on a regular basis. Both as an author with books listed and as a reader with reviews showing. I created my account before I became an author and I write under a pseudonym so I didn’t think to check and see if my book was up there. Then one day I checked.  It was there!  I had to make a new account to attach it to the author page. From there, it was a  race to learn as fast as possible how to make Goodreads a good fit for me. Me the author, not me the reviewer.

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Guest Post: Mystery Thriller Week Author Stephen Morris Explains It All

I first became interested in the occult and magic when I was very VERY young and saw The Wizard of Oz on television for the first and second times. The first time, my mom says I was terrified of the Wicked Witch’s appearance in Munchkin Land amidst smoke and flames and ran straight to bed! (I must have been 5 years old or so.) The next year I began watching the movie again and made myself stick with it past the appearance of the Witch and after that — I was hooked!

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Talking Shop a Guest Post by Catherine Dilts a Mystery Thriller Week Author

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By Catherine Dilts

The sun slants through the blinds, casting lemon bands of light across the bistro table. You lift the coffee mug to your lips. Pause.

“So how are you going to do it?”

Your friend wears a prim expression as she states, “Ligature strangulation,” in the same tone she’d use to utter “sugar cookies.”

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Why? A Guest Post by Participating MTW Author, J. Schlenker

Once someone told me that could do an excellent impression of me. That took me by surprise. I don’t even think I could do an impression of me. I said, “Okay?”

He said, “Why, why, why?”

I guess he had me pegged. I do question everything. For me life is a mystery. I have so many questions, but I guess the big one is why am I here. But, then, a string of other questions arises from that one.

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Ain’t Got Time For That!

November began on a positive note with NaNoWriMo going full swing.  Wrote every day and  maintained a nice little schedule. For those that would never believe it, I maxed out in my multitasking. I got involved with #MysteryThrillerWeek and between setting up the bones for the participating bloggers, authors, and specialists with Benjamin and Sherrie, and working on the Facebook page for the hourly hosting , I missed a day of writing. Do I pick up today and pretend it didn’t happen?  I am in a quandary.

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I am writing, letter, schedules, my three-month production plan, reviews, and more letters. I am having a blast. I am excited about the week. I am excited to be making new friends and finding new authors and their work.

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Locating book reviewers and requesting that they join in and sending those tweets to publicists, authors, bloggers and trying not to be annoying. It is a juggling act. Perfect for a multitasker like me.  Then I realized I had not written a word for NaNo yesterday. I was pretty aggravated with myself. I mean I am a queen at multitasking. How had that happened? So instead of racing over to Scrivener and whipping out a few words, I decided to write a blog post, a few more contact letter, Tweet out a few invitations, and hold a chat with Sian, Benjamin, and Sherrie. Oh yes, even I have multitasking limits. This was enlightening to me.  Today I grew in knowledge of myself. I have a limit and once I reach it, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

By the way, if you have not joined us for #MysteryThrillerWeek now is the time. We are getting some excellent authors willing to provide books for review, interviews and those much loved Character Q&A’s. Just think of it like this, if you sign up, you get to see one of those letters I have been writing.  That’s right! An official Welcome letter will wing its way to you compliments of the Events Team!

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Authors Choose Your Hour For This #MysteryThrillerWeek Showcase!

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Shine Mystery Thriller Experts Shine!

Mystery Thriller Expert Hour  is a live interactive hosting event that will run 24 hours a day during the #MysteryThrillerWeek. The events start February 12, 2017, and will conclude at midnight February 22, 2017. Choose the date and time that you want to shine.

Authors personally share your new book, book cover, book trailer, answer questions from your fans. This is your hour to promote your book. Hold a live chat, make a video and present it live during your hour. The floor is yours to do with as you choose.

Publishing experts can mentor  unpublished writers with hints and tips on getting published. Instruction on self-publishing as well as tips on finding an editor, agent, or publisher. Editing mentoring or your very own brand of special instruction. This is an opportunity for you to help those with what you know.

Unpublished writers share your work and build an audience. Mystery and thriller readers that are all looking for new writers to chill them and entertain them in their favorite genre. This is a golden chance to be “discovered.”

If you are daring, choose several different dates and times. Meet new readers, hold contests, give away some swag.

Sign up while there are time slots available!

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As this is a Facebook Platform, you will need a Facebook account in order to host and participate. This is the perfect time to join the Facebook revolution if you have not already.  For more information on the #mysteryThrillerWeek, go to the official website and learn more about the opportunities. Then sign up.

Beloved reviewers, I have not forgotten you, check out the recent books for review page. This is how you can find those mystery and thriller books to review for #MysteryThrillerWeek.