I’m doing my first bookstore event for Chicken Wants a Nap in December and I am hella nervous!
Part of this, I think, is that I’m still awkward about responding to compliments and the idea that somebody would like to read and have me sign their book is a very. large. compliment.
Of course, there’s also the opposite fear – what if literally nobody comes to see me and Chicken? What if I sit there looking all forlorn and potential readers are like, “Oh, it’s way too awkward to see the woman that is staring at us longingly, we better pick another table.” (Also, how am I an author and literary agent that went back and forth on whether that sentence should end with a question mark or period? Answer: I am not a copyeditor.)
So I thought about attractive things that I can put on the table. Since we’re coming into the holiday season, I thought about making Chicken ornaments, similar to the duck ones I made a few years ago.
I’m still thinking about this, but I fear that I’ll run out of time pretty quickly. (These duckies were felt backed and hand sewn, and I’m not quite at a point where I have time to make a duck a day!) I should have time to make and print some paper swag and I spoke to my publisher about swag as well.
But I suppose my question is – fellow authors, what tips do you have for a good author signing? And readers, what do you like to see when you go to an author event?