Choosing Glasgow for the first of my upcoming book signings was always going to be a gamble. It takes over 3 hours on the train for a start, but with my partners family living in Stirling, I, at least, saved money on lodgings.
A bottle of red and a box of chocolates sealed the deal.
So, How Did The First Of My Book Signings Go?
Better than I had expected. Having never been to one before, I cannot say if it was busy, or quiet. However, I had a good few people stop at my stall to ask me about The Bumpkinton Tales, and one or two asked me about Brainstorm after reading some cards I had with me.
I sold a small number, but with just one book available, selling multiple to people was always going to be unlikely. However, I sold enough to make it worthwhile.
I met lots of lovely authors, including Stuart Reid, the man who inspired me to start my author workshops as well as Ava K Michaels, a lady I have known in the author world for a few years now.
Setting My Stall Out…
It’s important to stand out at book signings, so I took the follow:
- My banner. It’s been to schools & colleges, but this is what it was made for!
- Postcards. Emblazoned with the Bumpkinton logo with some background information about me.
- Business Cards.
- Sweets. I had my own little version of Hopscottles Sweetshop!
- T-Shirt. I had a ‘Tourist Information’ tee made up. Something a little different, and fun.
The sweets were popular among the kids, both young and old and the T-Shirt was fun and a talking point with some buyers.
I would like to thank Suzie and Kelly for setting up the event. I know how hard they worked to make the day a success. Which it was, and they even managed to raise over £1000 for charity through various events on the day.
It was a nice introduction to book signings, and I’m sure the next one will be very different. I’m up for it, though.
Oh, and a huge thank you to Alison Spencer, who was at the next table and chatted to me for the entire day.
I look forward to going back to Glasgow again in the future!
Photo’s from the day!