ReBlogged: The hard truth about book signings

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The (Hard) Truth About Book Signings

I had a friend, newly published, have her first book signing recently, at a major chain store. She came back so disappointed that it broke my heart. Yet her experience is not uncommon. So I want to share with you the harsh truth about in-store book signings.

Firstly, in-store signings are almost never the huge events you see from authors like Stephen King or Stephenie Meyer. If you are already a New York Times best-selling author, they might be very close. But if you’re a relatively new, mostly unheard of author, you shouldn’t expect those numbers. It’s the reason most publishers won’t send authors out on tours, because for the vast majority of authors, they aren’t cost effective.

Reality check, most authors sell between 5-12 books at an in-store event. This number can be higher if it’s in your hometown where all your friends and family live, or can be higher or lower depending on factors such as where they put you in the store, your genre, and other events happening that day. It has nothing to do with how good your book is or how you rate as an author. (Though a kick ass cover and table display always helps.)

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Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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