Next Wednesday, I'm having my first official book signing, at a local Barnes & Noble. I am at once excited and terrified (mostly, I'm terrified that the only people who will show up are my relatives - but I'm excited too, because I have a LOT of relatives!).
Since this is my first, I'm not entirely sure I'm qualified to give advice about them. But I'll tell you what I've heard - and maybe you can tell me what you've heard or experienced.
* Do show up on time.
* Do not expect the bookstore staff to actually know who you are and what you're doing there (apparently, they don't really care unless your name's J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer).
* Do plan to stay for as long as the signing lasts.
* Do not wear a mongoose costume (or other inappropriate clothing - this includes an inappropriate lack of clothing).
* Do smile and greet everyone, even if they're just asking you where the bathroom is.
* Do not sit behind the table for two hours. Stand up, make eye contact with wandering customers, and look as interesting as possible.
* Do bring a drink or two for yourself.
* Do not bring pets, bodyguards, ninja swords, or electronic devices bearing any resemblence to bombs.
That's all the fairly standard advice for book signing preparations I have at the moment. Here's a few extra things I'm planning to do for mine:
* Wear a shirt that says "I make stuff up" (in the hopes that I won't get too many people asking for bathroom directions).
* Bring a fancy bowl and free chocolate to fill it with (thank you, Aaron, for the great tip!).
* Set up my laptop on the table and have my book trailer open on it, so when people say "What's your book about?" I can say, "Watch this!" and click play.
* Arrange for plants (RE multiple family members) to arrive at various times and gush loudly about how awesome my book is (I can do this because my family is crazy, and I love every last nutty one of them).
Anyone have more book signing advice for me? I'd love to hear it!