So, you’re having a signing! Things to remember: 1. Tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW. No matter how big the crowd, book signings are always more fun when you’re surrounded by your friends. 2. Tell ME who to tell. Are you affiliated with a particular group that would appreciate receiving the press release to announce your event with us? Please provide me with email addresses of the folks you’d like it sent to. For example: Is your book about marshmallow sculpting? Are you a member of The Northeastern Ohio Society of Marshmallow Sculptors? You may want to give me the email address for that group. Similarly, it’s surprising how many alumni associations are looking for copy to fill their newsletters – either let me send you a copy of the release to forward, or give me the contact information of any groups I might not be familiar with that you would like to receive your press release. 3. Punctuality is good, up to a point. It’s important to be on time for your event at the book store, but being very early will just make you nervous. If you are unsure about how long it will take you to get here, don’t worry – Hudson has a delightful and very walk‐able downtown for you to investigate while you wait for your event to begin. 4. Make it easy for everyone. As you may have gathered, I’ll be writing a press release for your event. Please let me know a little about you and your book(s). Your full name, as you would like it to appear in print ‐‐Please note: if you use a pen name, I need to know which is your real name, and which name should appear in the press. If you have written your book under a pen name, but have a local connection, it’s often useful to include your real name as well, i.e.: “John Smith, who writes as Dirk Johnson, is a long‐time resident of Hudson, where he has taught clarinet since 1962”: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ A bit about yourself – Keep in mind, this should be kept simple and factual and is even better if it can relate to the book or its potential readership. Here are some questions to get you started: Where do you live? __________________________________________________________________________________
How long have you lived there? __________________ Did you go to high school or college in the area? Where? _______________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Do you have a family?_______________________________________________________________________________ Do folks in the community know you for something other than writing? Do you coach a sport/teach a class/work at a local business? ____________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Do you have special expertise in the area you’re writing about? If it’s that book about Marshmallow Sculpting, how long have you been a professional marshmallow sculptor and do you have any special awards or accomplishments we should know about? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ If you write fiction, any special connection to your subject? Maybe you used to be a P.I. and now you write mysteries, or your novel centers around an old house & you’ve lived in one for years. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anything striking or amusing (in moderation) that readers might like to know? Do you skydive for fun? Grow prizewinning radishes? Volunteer for a nearby organization? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anything else you would like us to mention (we can’t guarantee, but there you are…) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thank you! This will make my job so much easier when I write your press release. The only thing easier would be… Having One Already Written! If you like, I will email you a copy of the press release for your event, which you can pass along to the next book shop where you have a signing & a bunch of their work will be already done! Or you can fold it up and put it in your Christmas cards. Or you can print out a whole bunch and wallpaper your bathroom. The point is, you can take your press release with you if you want. It’s about you. My documents Author Info
Published on Dec 9, 2009
Published on Dec 9, 2009
Your full name, as you would like it to appear in print ‐‐Please note: if you use a pen name, I need to know which is your real name, and wh...