Book Signing Etiquette for Authors

Raised in Kentucky, Brenda Barnes is a passionate creative writer and author.

The author at a book signing

The author at a book signing

Calling All Authors

Finally after months or even years, your new book has arrived. The excited author has lined up book signings, online friends are placing orders and close personal friends are requesting a personalized copy. This is the life-not!

What is a new author to do when he freezes at that glorious moment, committing words for eternity? Yes, that is the one when the autograph is requested. And what can you write that will instill awe, amazement and undying devotion from the fan who is to receive this illustrious signed copy? Here are some helpful tips to make autographing and book signings more enjoyable and productive.

Where Does One Sign?

The traditional, standard and only true place to sign is on the TITLE PAGE. This is where bookstore owners and workers will look first. A signature in any other place may be overlooked, causing lost sales. Another option is the half title page.

But sometimes there is not much room on the title page. What then? There is no need for such a long message that it will not fit. After all, you are a published writer and can think of something succinct but brilliant! However, if the book buyer specifically requests a special page or location, oblige them with good grace.

If your work is in an anthology of poetry of whatever, it is permissible to sign the page where your work begins. Some authors sign both areas.

What Should An Author Say?

There are different kinds of author signings and autographs. The new writer may be confused as to what is right for the occasion.

  • The term “Signed” refers to an author signature and preferably the date the book was signed. This increases collectible value.
  • A book is “Inscribed” is when the author personally makes note of a name and perhaps a personal message. While some people do not want a book with another person’s name, most real fans are thrilled to get a book that spent extra time in the hands of an author
  • An “Association” copy is one that the author signed for a family member or someone who meant a great deal to him or her, perhaps a well known politician, celebrity or otherwise important personage. These copies can be quite valuable.
  • A “Dedication” copy of a book is highly desirable. This is when the author actually signs the book for the person named in the dedication. These copies are rare as hen’s teeth because the special person receiving the dedication seldom lets go of the book.

Should an author sign every copy of his book(s)? No, because the theory of supply and demand comes into play. A famous or well respected author’s signature will be sought after and the more rare it is, the more valuable the signed book. An example would be a Stephen King book compared to an autographed copy. But by all means, sign when asked or always when at book signings.

Making Friends, Foes and Lots of Dough

A surly author makes no friends or fans. Many of us have stood in line to receive that respected scrawl. Some authors rush in, flop down at a table and never look up until time to leave. They pull the outreached book close, sign and sometimes mumble a Thank You. Some do not even give the buyer/fan even that much grace. Many disgruntled ex-fans tell horror stories of waiting in long lines for hours only to have the author get up and leave at the prescribed time for the event to end. That leaves a bad taste in the mouth of someone who previously enjoyed the writer's work. Some of these disrespected buyers even stop reading that rude author. With these issues in mind, what should an author do to have a successful book signing?

  • Be proactive. Make sure the book store has your book in stock and has enough to create a visual display. Call or visit in advance. If possible take some copies along just in case the store runs out.
  • Dress professionally but be comfortable. Business casual is the look to achieve. Wear comfortable shoes, short or quarter length sleeves and take a sweater or blazer. It is hard to concentrate when shivering or over heated.
  • Take water, tape, table tents, easels and posters of the book cover(s). Bring a supply of bookmarks, business cards showing where the book can be purchased if the prospective buyer walks away empty handed only to regret it later. Have a supply of card paper and markers in case there are no signs prepared by the store. When attending functions such as conventions, be prepared to bring your own materials.
  • The table is not your friend. Remember how it feels to approach someone seated behind a desk. It creates a sense of separation, a barrier between the seated person and the one coming near. Stand in front of or to the side of the table. When a prospective buyer comes close, you will be approachable while appearing friendly and involved.
  • Take time to meet every person and sign every book. Arrange your schedule to allow extra time in case a large number of people line up for your book. After all that is the desired result, right? Do not rush off panicked to the airport. Be professional and plan for success.
  • Smile, Smile, Smile! The anxious author is selling him or herself. A genuine warm smile draws people and lets them know the author is interested, involved and on the same level as they are.

Pens-Not Pins and Needles

Have a number of great pens with you at book signings. Do not depend on the bookstore to provide them or you may find yourself using crayons from the children’s section. Use blue or black ink because it lasts longer and does not fade easily. The pretty new popular shades of green, red, etc. are tempting but not a smart choice.

  • Use a fine point roller ball pen. Some people use fine point Sharpie markers but these tend to bleed through on many types of paper. If indeed a Sharpie is used allow the ink to dry before closing the book. It might smudge and ruin the entire thing in addition to making the buyer angry.
  • Look for pens with acid free, archival ink. These can be found at craft stores in the scrap-booking section and are not expensive. Be prepared to ask for the pen back because many people automatically pick up pens. Have extras handy.
  • If the buyer asks for the pen as a keepsake, give it to them. These small things are important to fans and can create a positive experience instead of them remembering a cheapskate author.
  • If the buyer asks you to use their pen, oblige but let them know why you prefer a certain style of pen. Later if the ink fades, you will not be blamed.

Relax and Enjoy

Ultimately, the hard work has been done. The book is written, edited, proofed and printed. All else is small stuff. If you make a mistake, likely you are the only one who will notice. Enjoy reaping the rewards of your labor. Sign, Sell and Deliver your baby to people who will treasure it for generations. Then go home, put your feet up and start typing the next masterpiece!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: I have a friend who just published a book and wants to have a book signing and charge for her signature. This seems wrong. What is your opinion?

Answer: Unless she is a well-known author, I cannot imagine people paying for her signature on a book. It is something authors do for free when a customer purchases a book.

Question: Do I sign my book to or dear?

Answer: Use To, For, or other such words. Terms of endearment should only be used when gifting a book to a close acquaintance.


Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 18, 2017:

Thank you Glenn. I myself have learned a lot. The longer I am a published author, the more I enjoy book signings. This weekend I have been invited to an Earth Day celebration to be the visiting author. I am compiling some catchy things to write. I am reading my children's book, Calvin Compost in Organic City. I think "Stay Calm and Compost" will be cute for kids.

Thanks for stopping by.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on April 18, 2017:

I have always had a hard time trying to decide what to say when signing my book for someone. Sometimes I just sign it without anything extra.

You gave me some ideas. I didn't realize that some people don't want their name mentioned in a dedication. So next time someone asks me to sign my book for them, I'll ask if they want a dedication or just a signature. At least that way they can tell me what they want.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 20, 2017:

Love these helpful tips! Sharing with author tribe on Twitter and Facebook.

Lillian K. Staats from Wasilla, Alaska on February 12, 2015:

We shall sit, two doyennes, covered in light! My prayers are with you daily, and I wish you every blessing, for always, sending loving thoughts, lily

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 10, 2015:

I am incredibly proud of you, for you and to know you. What a journey you have had and survived! Once this boy is grown, I just might come up there and accept your kind invitation. My life is not my own however that is okay. I made this commitment to raise my beloved child and shall fulfill it with love and grace.

Lillian K. Staats from Wasilla, Alaska on February 07, 2015:

I have my own place; you are welcome to visit , that extends forever... just SO proud of you!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 01, 2015:

YOU are wonderful my Lily. I hope, pray and claim that you are well up there in Alaska. If it were not for the 101 Dalmatians, scratch that, humans depending on me, I would beg room and board of you and head due north..

Lillian K. Staats from Wasilla, Alaska on February 01, 2015:

omg! wonderful, wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jesiica on January 29, 2015:

Your article petfcerly shows what I needed to know, thanks!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 22, 2013:

Hello Marlene. I would consider it an honor for you to follow me. Thank you so much. I also love to meet new people. A book signing is a great way to do that. Every time I make new friends and colleagues. Thank you for the lovely comment.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 22, 2013:

Thank you Epi. It is cold here but not like you have it up there. We are 18 degrees tonight. You are likely zero! Stay warm. By the way, I finally joined Facebook!

lovedoctor926 on January 22, 2013:

Thanks for writing this awesome hub! I'm going to use this as a reference. I will be starting on my first book soon and hopefully if everything turns out good, I would be interested in having a book signing event. I love networking and meeting new people plus it's a good way to introduce yourself to other authors. Nice to meet you Hypenbird. I 'm interested in reading more of your work so it if it's okay with you, I would like to follow you. Marlene

epigramman on January 22, 2013:

Well I must return to this landmark hub presentation of yours to once again tell you dear Brenda how much the Boss and I are so proud of you. You look so lovely here in your picture - and I have also considered you a writer's writer of the highest calibre and in your non-fiction pieces you are a world class investigative journalist too.

Sending you most sincerely warmest wishes on this coldest day of the year so far and also good thoughts for your continued good health, happiness and prosperity for you and your beloved son in 2013.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 16, 2013:

Hi Peg. Thank you, thank you. I am so pleased you like the book. I think it turned out well and love it myself. You have made my day.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 09, 2013:

Hello Hyphenbird, I'm so delighted to "know" the author of a new book and even more blessed to have your autograph! These are helpful tips for those whose hard work and dedication has resulted in an actual printed work. Wow. I'm so impressed with the book and can't wait to share it with my Mom. I love its colorful pictures and the message that will help spread the word about recycling and composting. I just started composting last year and it is incredible! Great garden soil from scraps. Who would have thought it?

PS You are beautiful in your picture above. :)

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

UMHiram, it is my honor and pleasure to help others through my own experience. Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub. I appreciate yo very much.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

Sunnie, your love and support mean so very much to me. You will never know how you have blessed me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

Hi Deborah Brooks. I was not sure I could put a link on here. It is on Amazon, Barnes and Noble dot com and Laurus Publishing. I will attempt to place a link on this Hub. Thank you so much for your support. You are wonderful and I appreciate it very much.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

ahorseback, yes that is me. Thank you for wishing me well. I appreciate that. Surprisingly some folks have not been happy for me but my true friends like you never let me down. Thank you.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

Thank you dear Epi. I appreciate the good wishes so much. I love knowing the book blesses people. Enjoy my Husband's music up there on the lovely lake!

epigramman on December 31, 2012:

just returning to this wonderful story and hub presentation, dear Brenda, to say that I have missed you and I am here right now by lake erie time 7:44pm canada with my two cats sending you warm wishes for your health, happiness and prosperity for you and your son in the new year

I think I will listen to the Born to Run album tonight and crank it up -lol

U M Hiram from Midwest on December 21, 2012:

Great Hub Hyphenbird, lots of great information especially for the newbies like me :o) Enjoyed it, voted up! Thanks for sharing.

Sunnie Day on December 21, 2012:

What a wonderful sight to see you signing your wonderful children's book. I am so proud of you and am happy to the an owner of such a rare addition. Wishing you the very best on this adventure as a published author. You are so talented and I know this precious book will go far.



Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 21, 2012:

thank you for great information.. You are so awesome to provide this.. I would love a copy of your book.. where is the link? I love to support fellow authors..

God Bless '

Merry Christmas



ahorseback on December 20, 2012:

Congratulations Hyph! That's you in the signing photo isn't it !.........I am happy and honored to know a real author and writer.........:-}

epigramman on December 14, 2012:

My my my Brenda - what a vision of loveliness you are and look so gorgeous in your picture - no wonder the boss has written many love songs about you - he is one lucky dude - and I am one lucky dude too for knowing someone as special as you and also as a world class writer that you truly are - I am so happy for you in this hub presentation of yours and I do look up to you as an inspiration as well - sending you warm wishes as always and good energy too from lake erie time ontario canada 9:28pm wish me godspeed and safety I am just out the door for night shift

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 30, 2012:

Thank you James. I enjoyed writing this Hub. Many Hubbers intend to become book authors so we need to know how to handle ourselves accordingly. I am so pleased you enjoyed it.

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 29, 2012:

Thank you for publishing this most excellent and needful article. Your advice is right on target. Well done!

James :-)

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 29, 2012:

Thank you midget and I appreciate you sharing this Hub. These tips helped me a lot at my first book signing.

Thanks skeety. We need all the help we can get in my opinion. That first time is exciting and scary. I appreciate the visit.

Sharkeye (cool name), I pray one day to be as well known as those authors. Then I will spoil my fans! Thanks for that comment. It inspires me.

Qudsia, you are right. People remember us more than our product and that is what a book really is, a product. I am very appreciative of your support and thank you for your excitement. I like to stay in that frame of mind myself.

Hi Gus. I am envisioning something like an Etch-A-Sketch. I will look for your ideas and Hub on the subject. There has to be a way to do this!

Hello rajan jolly. I appreciate the votes and your time spent here. I am glad my tips are helpful. Thanks so much.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 28, 2012:

Excellent job Brenda. I learned quite a lot regarding book signing etiquette. Thanks. Voted up and awesome.

Gustave Kilthau from USA on November 26, 2012:

Hello again, Brenda (Hyphenbird) -

Thank you very much for providing us all with those links to companies that are working on the eBook signing computer programs. After visiting their Web sites, I can see that they are thinking of real signatures and real comments, etc., but not each one aimed at a single reader-customer. It seems that they believe in setting up files with downloadable signatures and paragraphs and the like. One seems to prefer appending "standardized" items to eBooks to accomplish this, and the other describes something that reads like the signature material is separate from actual eBooks and can be separately transmitted to customers for loading onto their eBook tablets, such as Kindles.

What I was thinking about was much like the "eBook signings" via streaming videos and the like, but personalized signings. A brief example of that might be something like "To Sally Smith, now my friend and eBook reader - Joe Jones - at Bay City, Texas on Nov. 26, 2012." That sort of thing may be part of the existing software described by those two companies, but I did not understand that it was so by my read of their Web site materials.

This is going to be a fun project, and I would bet that there are some HubPages members who might be able to come up with answers far faster than could this old man. :-)

I will keep in touch with you about signings as the days pop along.

Regards to you and to all...

Gus :-)))

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 26, 2012:

Hi all. I am moving Gus to the head of the comment line. I just do not want to lose my great links. Gus, here are some great innovations for you to research.



Thanks for coming by my Hub. I look forward to seeing your ideas put into a Hub.

QudsiaP1 on November 26, 2012:

Oh how very wonderful of a hub you have written!! I could only hope that some day some one would want my signature autograph.

You are so right about the smiles. I work with people throughout the day; so much so that sometimes I completely forget to have lunch. Believe it or not it might appear to us that we are tired and exhausted but every person is a new experience. If you stand in a line for 7 hours; you meet 150 people; each one of those people will know you through their experience of your 'service'.

Well done!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on November 26, 2012:

This was so much fun to read! I love all the information and tips. I agree that authors should do their utmost to respect their fans. I understand that newer authors often have to meet time demands set by their agents/PR person, but once you have reached the top, like, say, Stephen King or J.K. Rowlings, then you can insist on taking time to chat with your fans. After all, without them, you are nothing.

Great job with this hub and I wish you all the luck in the world! It is so wonderful to see someone achieve their goals!

Gustave Kilthau from USA on November 26, 2012:

Hi Brenda (Hyphenbird) - Here's a good one for folks to research - how can an author really (REALLY) sign their eBooks. Not thinking of using computer-generated script lettering like I did in my first "101 Dumb Poems" eBook, but a real, personal signature in the author's own handwriting. Maybe even with some inscriptions, etc. Something to think about, what with the way the book publishing business is going.

eBook signings will be mostly at a distance, downloading by reader-customers, and so on. Will people even want their eBooks signed?

I have a couple of ideas on the subject. After I check them out, if possible I will share them with you all...

Great article here, Brenda-


Gus :-)))

SkeetyD on November 26, 2012:

What a wonderful hub! Well written, interesting and useful. More authors need to read and remember these points it seems. Voted up and shared!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on November 26, 2012:

This is so interesting! All writers with newly published books need to read this, for the proper decorum must be observed. Thanks for sharing and I will help the sharing process along.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 15, 2012:

snakeslane, thank you very much. Let's hope 100,000 other people feel the same way:)

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 15, 2012:

teaches, I will remember that about John Maxwell. Authors would do well to remember that fans remember.....

Thank you so much for your kind comments and visit.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 15, 2012:

mckbirdbks, thank YOU. I was not sure how you wanted yours signed. I hope one day you can sell it and make a huge profit. I think it turned out well also. The colors work well for the theme of the book. Thanks for letting me know you got it.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 15, 2012:

Thank Penny. I looked at the books and shall contact you for a copy of each when my finances allow it. They both sound very worthwhile.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on November 15, 2012:

Dear Brenda, Thank you and congratulations! (I wish) And I wish you every success with your Calvin Compost (series?!). You rock!

Dianna Mendez on November 15, 2012:

I look forward to the day when I am asked for my signature on my first book. I will know what to do after reading your post. I love the ideas on how to write a personal note and to thank each person individually. I have stood in line for a signature and am always impressed with those that take time to chat a little with you while signing. John Maxwell is one of those special people who do this well.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 15, 2012:

Hi Hyphen my signed copy and my association copy arrived today. What a great job everyone did with the production. It is warm and colorful and I am sure my nephews son will enjoy his copy. Thank you for making some of my Christmas shopping easier.

Lucille Apcar from Mariposa, California, U.S.A. on November 15, 2012:

Yes, both books are on Amazon, and as well I can supply them if you prefer. My grandmother's book is entitled "From the Book of One Thousand Tales" by Diana Agabeg Apcar. My own memoir is entitled "Shibaraku, Memories of Japan 1926-1946" by Lucille Apcar. If you order from me, I will sign them together with any message you would like. "One Thousand Tales" is being discounted, being 9 years after publication, at $14.00, Shibaraku is $17.00 (published 2011) plus postage, which I find is lowest at $5.35 for both to the one address, Priority Mail. Send to Lucille Apcar, P. O. Box 2058, ,Mariposa, CA 95338

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 15, 2012:

Hello Pennypines. I would love to read that book. Is it available on Amazon? Thanks for giving us a published author's perspective.

Lucille Apcar from Mariposa, California, U.S.A. on November 15, 2012:

Yes by all means. I let people know I am flattered when they want my book and my signature. When I published my grandmother's unfinished manuscript, I wrote a word of thanks for honoring her.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hi Eiddwen. I am going to one this weekend. Pray for me to do well and amaze people who will want the book. Thank you friend.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hello Gypsy Rose Lee. Thank you for visiting all the way across the world. I just love the internet. Yes, being genuine, personable and polite can work wonders.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Thank you point2make. I appreciate that very much. You have a great book collection with over 400 signed first editions. Congratulations. Thanks for your visit to this Hub and your comments.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hi Duffsmom. It is nice to know that about Mr. McManus. He obviously enjoys his fans. It makes me want to read his work right now. I am so glad my information here was helpful to you and thank you for taking time to read it.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 14, 2012:

Congratulations my dear friend ;I am very proud of you and also thanks for this great hub which I vote up/share and save if ever I get to do a book signing. Here's to so many more to come for you my dear friend. Have a wonderful day.


Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hi Stephanie. You are welcome. All of my dividers on every Hub are free for anyone to use. I once saw someone offer dividers but then demand at least 3 attributions and realized they weren't really free. So I learned how to make dividers from a lovely Hubber and now offer mine totally free. I hope you also need the book signing tips. May we all find success and freedom through our gift of words.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hi Victoria Lynn. I am glad to know my very limited experience and research is correct. I hope we all find success and financial freedom through our writings. So many of us work so hard at it. Thanks for coming by and for the great comments.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hi Susan. lol. That little Monsieur gets all the girls. Perhaps he should pen his own memoirs. Thank you for your constant encouragement and positive comments on my writing. You are a blessing to me.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Mar, thank you for letting me know you got the book. Your was probably the second one signed so the signature is likely shaky from nerves. Monsieur is cooking you up something extra special for being extra sweet. I know we all feel like a proud parent with our books BUT it really did turn out beautiful. I am so glad you like the book and the message it contains. Thank you again for the order and your great feedback my friend.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hello dear always exploring. Your book should be the very soon, maybe even today. Thank you for ordering one. I shall forever be loyal to the Emerald Wells Cafe and everyone who supported me and stood by me. Many of my actual family do not care about my writing, but my online friends are faithful. Thank you for that dear one.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hi aviannovice. You Life at Boomer Lake could be a series of books. The photographs and your remarkable descriptions of the birds and other animals would make a great coffee table book. So you just might need this info! Thanks for stopping by.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 14, 2012:

Thanks for this interesting and informative hub. Great suggestions and you are right being personable goes a long way. Passing this on.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hi Blossom. That date is a hard one to remember. Some people don't care however it does make a book more collectible. After all, our words will outlive us, right?! Thanks for coming by.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Thank you kashmir. I appreciate the votes and am glad to pass on my research and own minimal experience.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Mollymeadows, I would buy a book from you. No one else has such a keen sense of humor and wit. Your books will be a huge hit. I am glad you are prepared and ready! Thanks my friend.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 14, 2012:

Hello North Wind. I do have a new release, a children's book with a message to take care of the earth we live on. I appreciate your blessings and pay them forward to many other writers and authors here on HubPages and elsewhere. Thank you very much.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 13, 2012:

Well, now that I have been schooled in book signing etiquette...

I can happily announce that Hyphenbird practices what she preaches.

I received my beautifully signed Calvin Compost in Organic City in today's mail.

The book is beautiful with an equally beautiful message.

A million thanks, Brenda, and I have a great feeling about this book.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 13, 2012:

Lily darling, I wrote this to help others. I also do have a book signing coming up this weekend. It is for my children's book, Calvin Compost in Organic City. Pray for the book to be a wild success, selling millions! Much love to you, Hy.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 13, 2012:

Funny Becky. You would do just fine at a book signing. Thank you for your support.

point2make on November 13, 2012:

Excellent hub...I enjoyed it very much. You make some very good points about book signings. I have a collection of over 400 signed first editions and it is amazing where and how an author will sign their book. Some take great care and enjoy being asked to sign their book. Other authors sign fast and, if I may say, sloppy not appearing to care where or how they have signed their book. It is interesting to see how the the famous and not so famous treat book signings. All authors , famous or not, should check out your hub. voted up.

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on November 13, 2012:

I have been both the author/signer and an employee at a bookstore where authors had book signings. I have to say that Patrick McManus was one of the most gracious authors we had. He was tireless in signing books- both his new release and the bags of books collectors brought in. I thought at the time that he was the ideal author and his attitude was so gracious. It left quite a nice impression.

This hub is great - lots of good and helpful info.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on November 13, 2012:

I really, really, really hope I have to use your advice some day. For now, I will just keep waiting in line to gets someone else's book signed and wish I was him/her. Thanks for offering the use of your pen and pencil dividers.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 13, 2012:

Great info! I hope I have occasion to apply it all one day. Interestingly, the author of a book I taught this semester in my English class came to campus to talk and sign books. He did most of these things you suggest. He was very engaging!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 13, 2012:

First off congrats on your upcoming book signing! Second Great Hub! Third I'll be happy to come over and sit with Monsieur while you're out. He could probably teach me a few things :)

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 13, 2012:

Well, he promised to make me something special from his kitchen...you may need to remind Monsieur that I would like my treat in precisely three days...a good alibi?

I am wishing you many sales and will look forward to hearing about this signing! I am so very happy for you and will let you know when my book arrives.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 13, 2012:

Thank you dear Mar. Your copy should be there any day now. I so want all of us to be successful and productive, an asset to the writing community. Being a nerd, I have to research and prepare so I can do it right. In only3 days I will be at my first book signing. I will let you know how it goes. WhooHoo. Now I need to find an excuse to leave Monsieur at home!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 13, 2012:

Hi Randy. That very first time one signs his or her book is a proud moment. I hope we all who have books get to do it many, many times. You can remember! That is why I don't use as alias. lol

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 13, 2012:

Hello friend Alastar. Since I have a new book out and plan for it to be a best seller, I needed to know these things. Then of course I had to share with my HP author friends. Thank you for your loyalty and support. I do appreciate you and JT very much.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 13, 2012:

Millionaire Tips, so many talented people have great books that need to be read. I hope all of ours are found and given the attention they deserve. Thank you for visiting my Hub. May you sign thousands of books!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 13, 2012:

Hello Don Bobbitt. I am so glad you found this information useful. Many authors like to play the part of drama and superiority. That really never works. Some of us (me) have no idea about signing protocol. It was learn by trial and research. I hope your own book is a great success.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 12, 2012:

This is so exciting. I am so happy for you. I am waiting patiently for your book to arrive in my mail. Your outline on book signing is great. There's no doubt that you have helped many new authors just starting out. When you get rich and famous please return to our little cafe for coffee and perhaps a sip of tea. Best wishes Brenda..

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 12, 2012:

Awesome and up! This is truly fantastic info that we could all need one day. Thanks for the forethought to prepare us, in case we are lucky enough to need it, Brenda!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 12, 2012:

xstatic, you are so right. Every day I commit to writing and life pulls me away. I have managed to get one book done though. Hallelujah!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 12, 2012:

Hi dear billybuc. I hope it happens for many of us. So many of us work very hard and have great talent. If I sign one or one million, I intend to be ready. Thanks for being so supportive.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 12, 2012:

Useful information. Especially the reminder to add the date as that is something I often forget to add.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on November 12, 2012:

Hi my friend great hub i have enjoyed reading all this good useful information ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Mary Strain from The Shire on November 12, 2012:

I hope to be that author someday, Hyph! Thanks for the primer on how to do things right, when the day comes. :)

North Wind from The World (for now) on November 12, 2012:

I don't think I'll ever be an author signing a book but your article really helped me to understand the value of a signed book.

If I assume correctly, then you have written a book and that is a great accomplishment. I hope you know that I wish it to be on the bestseller's list, Hyphenbird!

Lillian K. Staats from Wasilla, Alaska on November 12, 2012:

Please, with all my heart, Hy, tell me this is autobiographical, and that you book is going great guns! No matter how poor I am, sign me up for a copy! All my prayers and love... lily

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on November 11, 2012:

I would have to take my wite-out pen with me. Do they take off for that? Great information Hyph. Good luck and have fun at your book signing.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 11, 2012:

Dear Brenda,

This was so informative, clear and helpful. Thank you for taking the time to compile this useful information.

I am so proud of you and cannot wait to hold my copy of Calvin in my hands.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on November 11, 2012:

I second Alastar's comment, Hyphenbird! Now if I can remember to sign my name correctly..........

Very informative hub for those future authors.


Alastar Packer from North Carolina on November 11, 2012:

Everything you always wanted to know about book signing etiquette but were afraid to ask! Marvelous subject and oh so delectable and enjoyably informative. Your prepared for the here and now very well good ladywriter. Hmm, wonder who it will be, signed, inscribed or dedicated to? Any will do - awesome calling all authors Brenda- up pings and share!

Shasta Matova from USA on November 11, 2012:

These are useful tips, and one day I hope to have a book written that people will want autographed.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 11, 2012:

I know femme! Tripping them works every time. I learned the hard way and hope to save my fellow writers embarrassment. Thank you darling friend for your own loyal support and encouragement.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 11, 2012:

Sunnie, you look beautiful. Was that photo taken on vacation? Thank you friend. I had no idea about these things but began studying and researching. Then I had to share with my friends. Thank you dear one with the great heart.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 11, 2012:

I am jumping line for you mckbirdbks. I was so nervous and eager for your comments. You being a bookseller, I knew you would have the low down on this subject. We do need you to write a detailed "How To Pack and Ship Books" Hub. Please........

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 11, 2012:

Thank you dear Frank. I was researching for my own benefit and thought to also help my fellow Hubbers. I am so glad you think I did a good job. I highly respect your opinion.

Don Bobbitt from Ruskin Florida on November 11, 2012:

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! What a great Hub to remind us the struggling writers that we have obligations when we want the public to come to a book signing.

I will keep these points in mind as I go through this process in the near future.

Thanks so much for putting this great reminder out there for the rest of us.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on November 11, 2012:

Very good information! Now all we have to do is get that book written and published!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 11, 2012:

vocalcoach, thank you so much. I wanted to get this out because many of us have been publishing lately. I have had personal great and poor experiences with author signings and want my readers to have great ones. I did not know many of these tips and protocols. I am so pleased to help others with my own research and minimal experience.

PS-Thanks for letting me know about the typo. You are wonderful.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 11, 2012:

I wish someone cared enough about my novel that I could have a book signing. LOL If it ever happens, I'll have this informative hub to refer to. Good job my friend!

femmeflashpoint on November 11, 2012:

Well dang, Hyph -

I was just gonna chase folks down and force them to take my signature, lol!!

Teasing aside, this really is a very needed hub. There are lots of new authors out there who have no idea what they'll be in for at a book signing. Even if their publisher is assisting, it's best to be prepared to fill in any blank that might arise.

Very good job!


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