Recently on Facebook, a new writer posed the question (condensing here), “Do you do bookstore book signings? If so, why? And how has that experience been for you?”
A great question.
I do love bookstore events. But they’re not for everyone.
Bookstore events are great for writers, IF:
- the writer is extroverted and like mixing it up with people, talking about their books, etc.
- the writer can use the event as a rallying cry and focal point for publicizing your books through other means – and actually does so
- one can establish a relationship with the bookstore via the event which gives the wrtier a platform for future sales and events
- the writer is not shy about promoting the bookstore rather than just yourself (which will help you connect with other potential readers)
- Or, if you just love going to bookstores and hanging out anyway.
If NONE of these things are true about you, they will seem like the most awful experiences of your life.
I love all of it, so I say, BRING ‘EM ON!