Before I give the details, let me first say that I did try to arrange a book signing at my favorite independent book store, The Book Loft, in Columbus, Ohio, but they never got back to me.
Anyway, I’ll exlain the process because I’m sure a few people are interested in doing the same sort of thing for their own books. So, for my very first book signing ever, I made arrangements to appear at a local author ‘event’ at Barnes & Noble on the Ohio State University campus. I contacted Barnes & Noble a few months ago and they mentioned the event and asked if I was interested if they do go ahead with the event that they were still considering. I spoke with them via email and let them know I was interested, but they never wrote me back and let me know that they were going ahead with the event. So, a week before I got a hold of them and asked about it and they said they were still expecting me to come, which was a surprise to me.
Considering this Barnes & Noble was on the Ohio State campus where I graduated and wrote for the student paper and also the Columbus Dispatch, I thought I would be able to get some sort of promotion in either paper, but there just wasn’t time to set anything up (and I did try). The event was only listed on their Website two days before and that was all the promotion it got.
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Considering my Peru Adventure Guide doesn’t get much walk by traffic, I only sold one book, which was actually to a friend that was meeting me afterwards for a drink. There was another author next to me who didn’t sell anything though, so it made me feel slightly better. The third author didn’t even show up.
I think I will try to stick to Independent stores from now on, as I imagine they put a bit more care into arranging their authors and drawing a crowd. Granted, I’ll probably have to write a “real” book to ever get the true experience of a book signing, and I’m working on it, but for now I’ll go ahead and put this one in the category of learning experiences.