|RT 2014 New Orleans|
Later in the signing, when the crowd had thinned, I wandered around a bit and saw my favorite author in the world, Nalini Singh, sitting by herself at her signing table. Now, people, WHEN does that ever happen??? But alas, I was too shy to approach her.
Flash forward to this year and fortunately I'm a bit less wide eyed and shy and yes, I DID go talk to Nalini at the last two signings we were both at. She's a very sweet person and fun to talk with!
Lots of good tips given here all week by my fellow SFF7 authors. (We sound like super heroes with our new name, no??
I've done one reading, at Book'd in Burbank, which is a quarterly event created and run by Liz Donatelli, and that was fun. I consulted in advance with my audiobook narrator on which excerpt he thought I should do, and got some tips from him....it went well and several people told me they had no idea science fiction romance could be so much fun. (The book was Star Cruise: Marooned.) Because this is a recurring event, it's very well attended, so perhaps 90-100 people in the audience. Not all of them were there for me, although they had to listen to me - the organizer usually has eight authors on the agenda each time. We weren't allowed to sell books at the event.
I've found that people don't touch the candy at signings. I've tried Hershey's kisses, mummy-shaped lollipops, and chocolate balls wrapped like miniature planets. I won't bother taking candy again. (I must admit I tend to eat it while I sit there.)
I've also tried stickers (thumbs down) and small King Tut pins, which people did like for their badges but I was such a newb I didn't have anything on them to identify them with me and my books. Live and learn! I would do pins again, with some clever saying or a tag line from the books and my name and/or url on them.
I also had some fun little robot toys this year and those went like hot cakes, plus I used them in promo for the various events I was at during the convention, by tweeting photos of them in action.
Bottom line - just be yourself and be genuinely interested in the people around you, whether it's a crowd or one person, and HAVE FUN.