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Michigan Book Signing Tour: Wednesday

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tonight’s book signing was the best so far. Before this one started, I’d sold a grand total of ONE book, and signed two or three others that were brought in by fellow ACFWers. Tonight, I sold SIX books, and the store manager had each of us sign six additional copies, so now that they can’t send those back, that’s technically at least 12 books sold for me at that store.

Before this signing, MaryLu, Mary Connealy, and I went to the B&N across the highway at the big mall in this area (Grandville, a suburb of Grand Rapids—this is like their Cool Springs area, at least as far as its being a retail shopping area). The guy at the customer service counter was WONDERFUL. They let Mary and MaryLu sign all the copies they had of their books. They didn’t have SIG in stock, but while I was standing there, he placed an order not only for SIG, but for Menu and Ransome’s Honor as well! And he went back in the back to see if they had any bookplates I could sign—but they didn’t. I had some SIG postcards, so I signed 5 of those, which they’ll put into the books when they arrive. We actually spent most of the morning visiting stores in the area around the hotel, so now I’ve done it with two other authors, I’ll feel better about doing it by myself when I get back to Nashville to see if I can get the B&Ns there to carry my book! (And talk to them about MTCW!)

We have five book signings remaining, and we’re really hoping that since it’s later in the week and more people go out/shop toward the end of the week, tonight was just a preview of what’s to come—lots of traffic in the store and signing lots of books.

  1. Thursday, April 2, 2009 5:49 am

    What is a bookplate? I’ve never heard that term before. I just thing it would be the funnest thing EVER to go around with a few authors for book signings. Thanks for sharing your journey.


  2. Thursday, April 2, 2009 6:19 am

    A bookplate is just a sticker (like a laser-printer shipping label) that the author signs and then it can be stuck inside the front of the book. I’m sure B&N has some that they’ve designed specially, but I just have a pack of sheets of white shipping labels at home that I print a small image of the front of the book on and leave plenty of space for a signature.


  3. Thursday, April 2, 2009 5:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of that but it certainly sounds cool. I hope you are still having a blast!


  4. Friday, April 3, 2009 7:56 pm

    I’m so glad that you had a great signing night!


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