I attended a handful of book signings to see how others actually went about it. Quite simply, there was a table, the books, and a chair for the author. Maybe a poster of the book. Nothing more.
But I wanted more.
My book signing is scheduled for this coming Sunday. I want it to attract people—not have them walk past table without picking up a book. I've seen that happen to others, and it seemed painful.
So...I did some thinking out of the box. What does that entail?
Pizzazz and puppies! Since Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell is about a little girl and the rescue dog that changed her life, I've planned to have:
brightly-colored dog water bowls overflowing with bookmarks, magnets, and cookies
helium balloons with paw prints floating over the table
a doggy mug holding paw print pencils
a plush toy puppy that looks like Maggie's dog
For an extra cute-factor and special treat, Woodford Humane Society will be bringing puppies and kittens that are looking for forever homes.
And then, there's Charlie, my friend's rescue dog who will be making an appearance. After all, he's the inspiration for the story!
This book signing has to be more than a table, a chair and some books. It has to shout: Come on over and check out the book, the cool gifts, and the sweet animals.
As you've probably figured out, the planning has taken months. But it's been a joyful process that required some thinking out of the box. In a few days (Sept 24th to be exact!) we shall see. I'm hoping pizzazz and puppies will make this book signing a huge success.