Saturday, October 18, 2008

Easy As 1, 2, 3 - Book Signings

If you prepare ahead of time, book signings can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. See my post yesterday on how I got ready.

One thing to remember is don't sit still. If you must be at your table, it's best to stand. Roaming the store with bookmarks and copies of your book is also a good way to get the word out that you're there. Bookmarks are great conversation breakers. Even if customers don't buy books that day, sometimes they'll order from the publisher,from Amazon, or the library. Also, many people like to decide what to purchase in private, so they'll take the bookmark, walk away and read it, then maybe come back if they're interested.

I'm happy to report the book signing went very well today at Barnes & Noble, Arlington Heights, Illinois. I sold books, made new friends, and enjoyed the company of fellow mystery authors, Michael Black and J.A. Konrath. They had a great selling day also, by the way.

Goes to prove a successful book signing is as easy as 1,2,3 if you know what to do.

1. Morgan Mandel

2. Michael Black, Morgan Mandel

3. Michael Black, Morgan Mandel, J.A. Konrath


  1. I'm glad it went well, and turned out to be a positive experience. Kudos on the book sales!!

  2. Thanks, Jenny Beans.
    I finally got the photos lined up right. Don't know html, but somehow did it through trial and error.

    Morgan Mandel

  3. Congrats on your signing, Morgan. May you continue to have many, many sales in your future!

  4. Congrats on your signing, Morgan. May you continue to have many, many sales in your future!

  5. Anonymous7:54 PM

    Hi Morgan, hello from a veteran of book-signings good and bad. I am impressed with your tips. Can you post a photo of your bookmarks, front and back? I'd love to see how you use that space on the narrow piece of card stock!
    I'll send you my favorite book-signing tip in a separate email, which you might enjoy~
    debra prinzing

  6. Debra Prinzing asks if I can post a copy of my bookmarks. Thanks for asking.
    Yes, Ill need to find them on my computer or else scan them and turn them into jpegs. I will post them, but can't get to it tonight. I'm busy with about 5 projects, the first is getting my next blog up with Rascal's Blessing.

    If you need my e-mail address, it's

    Morgan Mandel


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