Book Bash information and addressing a few concerns is what this post is all about. If you’re looking for the post with recipes and housecleaning tips, go here.
My very first signing was in Connecticut over two years ago. I was nervous as heck because I was afraid no one would show up, but about thirty people showed up and I couldn’t have been more excited. It was a great night and I got to spend over two hours talking with everyone and answering questions. It was a great, intimate experience and one that I’ll never forget.
This past weekend, we had almost 300 people show up to the Maybe Someday signing and concert. It was incredible and we thank each and every one of you for coming out and enjoying the concert and supporting us.
While most of the feedback from readers was positive, I have received a few complaints/concerns regarding the fact that they were not able to spend more time at the signing table than it took to get autographs and pictures. I would love to clear some of these concerns up before Book Bash arrives, as these types of events are very different when they include an entire band and not just an author.
While I understand that each person hopes to get as much individual time with the author/band members during these events as they want, it’s just impossible for that to happen. In fact, the band members aren’t required or expected to sign anything, as the performance itself is grueling and I’m sure leaves them with little to no energy. The fact that they were willing to immediately exit the stage and begin signing autographs and take pictures for several hours afterward was way more than I asked of them and I couldn’t have been more grateful that they were willing to do this.
When I have these events with several hundred people in attendance, it’s absolutely impossible to allow each individual more than the time it takes to get their autographs and take pictures with an author. If each person gets one minute with an author, that’s 300 minutes, which comes to five hours. And that doesn’t even include potty breaks, which Lord knows I take plenty of. So despite the fact that we would love to give each person who shows up the time they want, there is no possible way that can happen with the larger events.
The standard for most traditional signings is that authors are only allowed to sign books purchased at the event. They don’t sign kindle covers or other things brought in by readers. A lot of signings prohibit pictures with the author and most will only allow you to have the books signed, not personalized.
I do my very best to sign whatever is brought to me, whether it’s a book or a bird. I never require items to be purchased for signature at the event. If you want to bring me twenty books to sign, I’ll sign every one of them because if you are going to make the effort to show up and support me, I’ll do what I can to ensure you have a great event, and I know a lot of other authors who treat signings in the same manner. It’s the indie in us. 😉
As far as the Chicago signing, we asked that no one ask for pictures before the actual signing. This upset some people, and I don’t want you guys to think I was being a diva. The reason for no pictures until the signing was that the second the Q&A ended, it gave me a few minutes to get to the restroom and back before the concert began. If I take pictures for one person, I feel bad telling the next person no and it ends up with me either peeing on myself or making a lot of people feel like others are getting special treatment.
As for the no pictures/autographs during the concert, well…that’s only because I wanted to watch the concert. I love seeing them play as much as you guys do! J
The final thing I want to bring up is Book Bash. The band will be there and they will be performing at the after-party. However, with the fact that there will be over 1,000 readers at Book Bash, it isn’t possible for the band to sign and take pictures following the concert or they would be there until Sunday morning. I’ve never been to a concert where the band stayed and posed for pictures and signed autographs for every member of the audience, so I can’t ask that of Griffin and his band. I’m sure if you see them around the venue over the weekend, they’ll be more than happy to pose for pictures and we will have cd’s available that are signed by the entire band.
I know the majority of you who attend these signings understand the lengths we go to in order to ensure everyone has an enjoyable time. I’m truly sorry some of you felt rushed and didn’t feel like you got enough one-on-one time. It’s bittersweet, because on one hand, I’m grateful that I have so many readers show up to these events, but on the other hand, it means that I don’t get to have the type of interaction with each person like I did when I first started out.
I appreciate everyone understanding and hope this helped clear up some of the concerns. I’m looking forward to Book Bash and know that if it’s half as good as last year, it will be a great success!
Oh, and good news! Littler sister got married, Steph had her tiny human and that means the merchandise store is back in business!!!