Book Signing Etiquette For Authors

Sbook-signingince my first book signing in 2012 at the RWA Literacy Event in Anaheim, I’ve been involved in numerous others. Some have been a bust and some have been wonderful. But I’ve found that some authors don’t understand how rude they can be to other authors during one. You thought I was going to talk about readers to authors or the other way around. I have links for those at the bottom.

When you’re sharing a table with one or two other authors, it’s important to not take up more than your share of the table. So what if you have twenty different types of swag, shelves, mini posters, etc., and the other author has only five copies of one book and a small stack of bookmarks. She deserves that room. Don’t be rude and ask if you can take up a little extra room — “she don’t need it.” WRONG! Readers need to be able to see her and not think she’s your assistant.

When a reader is talking to the author next to you, do not interrupt and draw the reader’s attention to you. The author will not appreciate your pulling her reader away from buying or talking about her book or whatever they are talking about. All part of being accessible to a possible fan. If you feel a need to say something, be sure it’s along the lines of praise for that author’s book or suggesting another book from that author. NEVER start talking about yours. At a book signing not along ago, I had this happen to me several times by the author next to me. You can imagine I don’t think much of that author and will ask to be moved in the future.

So you’re lucky and got assigned next to your good author friend or your favorite author. Before the doors open and the readers spill in, talk to your heart’s delight after the author has set up her table. Let her have a chance to get organized. Then when the readers come in, a short chat without readers nearby is okay, but no long, drawn out conversations. Readers will not want to interrupt and they’ll walk on by.

Place as many or all your boxes and bags including purse under the table. The author might need to leave early or want to hug a special reader. Don’t make her trip over your crap.

That’s all I can think of at this moment. Comment and let me know if you can think of anything else.

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Links

General Etiquette for Authors

https://joanleacott.wordpress.com/articles/booksigning-etiquette/

Etiquette for Readers

http://www.trudicanavan.com/2011/04/book-signing-etiquette/

http://www.seattlemystery.com/signing-etiquette

Nora Robert’s book signings: http://ttpbooks.com/category/RULES.html

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Come and See Me!

Be sure to come to the book signing on Saturday (April 9). It’s free to everyone.  I’ll be there!11 by 17

Authors are showing on Facebook the books and swag they will have at the signing too.

Where’s Carla?

Beautiful Woman Enjoys CoffeeGuess what I found out today? My workshop with Lexi George and Heather Leonard has been picked for the Moonlight and Magnolias conference in Norcross, GA this October. We’re so excited. Twice we’ve presented it (and I was so freaking stiff – got to work on that – so unlike me) for groups of writers.

It’s called The Pitch is Back. Yeah, yeah. Not very original, but it works and I plan to play the Elton John song (appropriate considering he lives in Atlanta part of the time) The Bitch is Back while waiting for people to sit. Anyway, it will be a lot of fun to attend as we actually act out how to behave and not behave with an editor and agent. Not just telling you BUT REALLY SHOWING IT! HA! It’s a lot of laughs.

So come and join in the fun. Click here to find out more about the conference. It’s probably one of the three largest RWA chapter conferences.

And don’t forget I will be signing my book, CIRCLE OF DECEPTION, at the book fair October 11 there.

See you then!

Guess Who Is Coming . . .

Guess who is coming to Birmingham (AL, USA)?!

tower_350Eloisa James!

That’s March 31, 2014 at 7 PM, Books-a-Million (Brookwood Village Mall). Hope to see you there!

Feeling The Love

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Though I’m still wary about Amazon.com (they are taking over the world), they provide a neat service to authors (no matter who publishes your books). They have an area called Author Central where authors can sign in and look at info from BookScan. That service shows your sales of paperbacks throughout mainland U.S.A. I have a feeling it’s not totally accurate, but that’s okay. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know anything until I receive my royalties payments. So I’m happy to see something in the meanwhile.

The info doesn’t tell you what store or who buys the book. It can tell you what city it was sold in. I’m happy and tickled to no end that the Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne love my books. They’ve sold the most. I have a feeling that either a book store bought them or a large book club. THANK YOU!!

It’s no surprise that the second largest sale was in Alabama. I do a lot of book signings there. THANK YOU!!

And the third is all due to my friends at FreshFiction.com.  Yep, the Dallas-Ft. Worth area!
THANK YOU!!

Woman’s Prerogative

Ha! That subject line is great for excusing all kinds of behavior, isn’t it?

Last year, I decided that this year I would only do two big events and two small. The big ones were RT Book Lovers Convention in KC and the Romance Writers of America Conference in Atlanta. The small were Heart of Dixie’s and Southern Magic’s Romance Readers Luncheon.

Well, now I’m considering doing one more in Dallas, TX. I know I need to decide this weekend before it’s too late, if it isn’t already. My buddies, Sherrilyn and Dianna will be there along with a couple more. Money-wise I believe I can swing it, but vacation is at a premium at the day job.

Is there anyone in Dallas that would like to see me and get a signed copy of my book(s)?

More Swag!

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More Swag!

I’ll have them at the Heart of Dixie Romance Readers Luncheon in Huntsville on June 8 and the Literacy Signing in Atlanta July 17. Be there!

RT Book Lovers Convention!

This is where you can find me. Plus I will be wandering around acting like a freshman in college free from my parents for the first time.  LOL!

May 2, Thursday
1:30 p.m.     The Bride Wore Two-Ply (I’m a judge)
4:00 p.m.     RT EXPO (E-books – “book signing”)  – open to the public with $5 admittance
May 3, Friday
8:30 a.m.     Fountain City Jazz Club Mixer (Breakfast including Mimosas!)
6:15 p.m.     Avon’s Red Slipper Lounge
May 4, Saturday
11:00 a.m.     Giant Book Fair (book signing) – open to the public with $5 admittance
7:15 p.m.       FAN-tastic Day

I’ll be there – June 8, 2013

Heart of Dixie Romance Writers
16th Annual Romance Readers’ Luncheon

J. T. Ellison, the bestseller of nine critically acclaimed novels, has come a long way from her days working in The White House and for the Department of Commerce. Her hidden passion for crime and forensics pulled her away from the world of politics and has resulted in a blossoming career as an author writing thrillers with a splash of romance. She has mastered the art of creating dark and thrilling worlds full of bloodthirsty killers and well-trained cops replete with those eerie noises in the night that compel readers to return time and time again.

Ellison will be the featured speaker at the 16th Annual Romance Readers’ Luncheon hosted by Heart of Dixie, the north Alabama chapter of Romance Writers of America. This annual event celebrates romance and literacy in the north Alabama community. Registration is now open for the event, held at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, AL, on June, 8, 2013, from 11am until 3pm.

Special guest author J. T. Ellison will share tales from her prolific world of writing during the keynote speech. She, along with over twenty other favorite romance authors, will host a table for lucky romance readers and sign books at this year’s event. Other attending authors include Linda Howard, Linda Winstead Jones, Rhonda Nelson, Lynn Raye Harris, Kimberly Lang, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Kira Sinclair, and Melanie Dickerson.

J.T. Ellison’s novel THE COLD ROOM won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original of 2010 and WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE was a RITA® Nominee for Best Romantic Suspense of 2012. She is also the author of multiple short stories, and her novels have been published in more than twenty countries. Ellison recently teamed up with #1 New York Times Bestselling author Catherine Coulter to co-write a new FBI series. The first book will release in 2013.

HOD’s Annual Luncheon includes lunch with guest authors, door prizes, raffles, and much more. A book fair and autograph session with the attending authors following the luncheon is open and free to the public at 2pm. Profits from this year’s book fair will be donated to the Cullman County Library to further encourage literacy and the love of reading.

Join us as we celebrate romance in all its various forms! Registration is $25 and must be received by May 25th. Seating is limited, so register today. More information and registration can be found at www.heartofdixie.org.