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Amanda’s note: This is the final installment of Gaby’s (re)Discovering the Basics. Today she covers author signings–and if you’ve ever been to one before, you can probably relate. If you’d like to read the reasoning behind this discussion series, you can check out my interview with Gaby. Love these posts? Don’t forget to connect with Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads or on Twitter @EllaBeeReads so you can continue getting all the Gaby awesome for yourself.
So your favorite author’s coming to town and you want to go meet them but you’re terrified of making a giant fool of yourself. You’re afraid you’ll just come off as super psychotic and be banned from your favorite bookstore forever. There are honestly a lot of things that can go wrong here and you’d much rather just skip the whole thing than deal with the anxiety attached to this event.
Here’s why you (and me) should stop with the crazy neurotic thoughts, go and ENJOY YOURSELF:
The author is just as nervous as you are.
“What if people don’t show up?”
“What if they ask me an embarrassing question – or worse, a question I can’t answer?”
“What if they want me to read something from my book and OMG PUBLIC SPEAKING OMG NO.”
Not to mention, these author tours last about two weeks and require an INSANE amount of family-less travel and totally lack of any sleep whatsoever.
Now, don’t get too comfortable just because you now know authors are people too. Remember a couple points of event-going etiquette.
1. Try and buy the book you want signed at the event. You want to support the store the authors are visiting!
2. There are people behind you. Have your quick conversation, take your picture and keep moving. If you have time and want to talk more, stick around until the end and see what happens, but don’t make people stand in line an extra 10 minutes.
3. Say please and thank you. Really, please, don’t forget this. Thanks!
Go forth, dear readers, find the bookish events, attend and be not afraid of greatness, okay? Because these events ARE greatness and you’re bound to have a great time – these authors have REALLY crazy research/on the road/random encounter stories that I’m sure they’ll tell you about if you ask the right questions.
OH! And if you have any other points of event-going etiquette that I missed, please chime in the comments below!