A lot of the comments on the Authors Behaving Badly thread are from people appalled that bad behavior takes place, others point out that the bookseller should forgive and forget, while booksellers counter with stories of authors that don’t even try. Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s look at the positive (and take advantage of the hoards Agent Kristin has sent this way).
What things at author signings have worked for you as a reader, as an author or as a bookseller?
What do you (the author) do to get the attention of customers and possible readers without attacking them (something that booksellers fear on some level)?
What do you as booksellers do to make a signing go as smoothly as possible?
What do you do when only three people sign up?
Drive-by signings, are you for or against?
Lets help everyone out by compiling a list, some fall back plans for when signings don’t go as planned. You’re not giving away state secrets. Chances are what works for you won’t work for everyone else, nor will it take away from your presentation if someone adopts certain aspects (they’re probably going to put their own spin on it).
Right now I hear that Ariel Gore, author of the Traveling Death and Resurrection Show, is traveling with fire eaters and other circus type performers. As someone who runs a bookstore I admit that part of me shudders at the thought of trying to get permits for fire-eating, but the spectacle? I’m thinking it would draw quite the crowd.
So tell me what you think, know or hear. Let’s help each other out.