It. Was. Wonderful!
I recently had a story time and book signing at one of the Barnes & Noble stores in my area. I was both nervous and excited and wasn't sure what to expect or if people would even show up, despite my various promotional efforts.
Happy to report that people did show up and the crowd was fabulous! There was energy in the room, I didn't stumble, I didn't fall (thank God!) and all went well. I signed a lot of books--at one point, when I looked up, there was a little line up.
A big thank you to the store's event manager, Suzanne, and the staff who made this possible. Thank you to my family and friends for the support, and thank you, God, for your grace!
7 Things to Do for Your Book Signing
1. Invite everyone you know plus random people you barely know. Or strangers.
2. Run a Facebook ad. It doesn't have to be expensive. I had mine up for 25 days prior to the event and targeted a 20-mile radius area around the store for $36.
3. Create a Facebook event on your Author Page--assuming you have one (you should!)--and boost it.
4. Have swag ready for your event--bookmarks, buttons, stickers etc. Bring small treats for the kids, but make sure you get the store's approval. I also brought a paper plate bear craft and coloring pages that the kids enjoyed doing after story time.
5. Show up early to help set up. Be nice and thank the staff for their work on your event.
6. Assign a friend to take pictures.
7. Be present in the moment. Talk to your guests and enjoy!
How about you? Have you hosted your bookstore author event yet or planning one? Please add any other suggestions or questions in the comments. Thank you!
About Rosie J. Pova
Rosie J. Pova is a
award-winning children's author, speaker, and writing coach on a mission to inspire children not only to read and write more, but to use their creativity, follow their passions, dream big and believe in themselves.
Rosie visits schools and shares her inspirational journey as an immigrant from Bulgaria and how she became a published author, encouraging kids to persist, push through rejections, and hold a high vision for themselves.
Rosie's upcoming picture book, Sunday Rain, will be released in March 2021. It's a story that celebrates imagination, the love of books, and new friendships.
Check out her Critique Services here, her Workshops here, and her school visits page here.
Rosie is represented by Jessica Schmeilder of Golden Wheat Literary.