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The Implied Author Part IV: Signings: The Agony and the Ecstasy

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The Implied Author Part IV: Signings: The Agony and the Ecstasy

From the Cormorant Books blog. This is the fourth installment in a series of original posts by Silver Salts author Mark Blagrave.

In my (admittedly limited) experience, book signings come in two basic temperatures: Hot and Cold. The Hot are usually associated with readings; the Cold, with random appearances in bookstores. Signees at the hot ones are there on purpose. They know something of the book, even if it’s only what you have just read to them five minutes ago. Signees at the cold ones are more likely to be there by accident.

For them, the book is often nothing more than the object of a simple buying decision.

Hot signings fall into three sizes, like sweaters: small, medium, and large. XXL almost never happens. We’re talking about books. They are generally supportive, reaffirming, and almost always seeded with people you already know. (The exception is the signing you do after a reading with other better-known authors, where you get to watch their pens flying while you fiddle with yours, pretending there’s something wrong with it and you couldn’t be signing anyway, even if asked.)

Courtesy of Cormorant Books. Read the rest of Mark Blagrave's The Implied Author, Part IV at the Cormorant Books blog.

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