Re: Book Signings - US in August
Posted by: PrincessP
Date: August 08, 2006 07:27AM
Well, in case anybody else is interested in the answers to these questions, I'll post my findings. Keep in mind different bookstores may have different policies. Actually, I hope they do, as I wasn't really thrilled with how it was handled at Vroman's.
1. Were there any book signing rules?
Not really. If you hunted down the one employee that had signing tickets, you just waited for them to call your number and then got up and stood in line.
2. Were there any signing limits?
No. Some people had huge stacks of books and had them all signed on their one and only trip through the line.
I've been to events at other places where they will request only up to three items per pass through the line. This is more fair for people who only have one or two things to get signed, everybody gets through the line quicker. People who have multiple items are allowed to get back in line at the end if they want more signatures. But they didn't do that at this signing.
3. Is there a special stamp in the book if you have your name dedicated in said book?
Yes, you can have a stamp in your book if you have it personalized. No stamp for just a signature.
4. Were the special post cards handed out one per person, or per book signed?
Many of the people who wrangled early signing numbers would have large quantities of books signed and were given multiple post cards. The people towards the back were given only one postcard per person, even if they had multiple books signed. The people at the end didn't receive postcards at all. Out of the five people in my group, I was the only one that received a postcard from Mr. Fforde.
5. Does Mr. Fforde sign other memorabilia, or just the books?
He signed a copy off his website, a Thursday Next puzzle, and a Swindon programme for me.
6. What is the policy on taking pictures?
He smiled nicely for the camera and posed with fans.
I really enjoyed hearing Mr. Fforde's reading, and thoroughly revelled in listening to him talking about his writing. I dragged several friends and family with me, one that I had forced to read Eyre Affair and then they willingly read two more JF books, one that is now going to read the books after laughing plenty at the reading. My teenage son is also now very interested in reading the Nursery Crime books.
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