Kate Elliott October 16th, 2006
I am on a short book tour, west coast only, with fantasy writer Melanie Rawn. As all writers know, book signings can be wonderful or horrible – that is, depending if people show up enthusiastic about your books, or if no one shows up.
I can’t be the only writer who has frequently been asked by customers at book signings “Where are the cookbooks?” because they think I am a staff member.
If you live in California, Phoenix AZ, Albuquerque or Santa Fe NM, or Austin TX, please check the link to see if there is an event close to you, and come say hello! I have macademia nuts with me, free to interested parties. And books, of course.
Usually we do a reading and then answer questions. Borderlands Books in San Francisco, a terrifically well run establishment, has a routine they use: the author reads a short excerpt, then one of the bookstore staff (in our case the inestimable Jude) asks a few questions to break the ice, so that the people in the audience who might otherwise feel reluctant to ask the first question but who do have questions to ask get over that awkward transition.
And speaking of Borderlands and the book business, here is a good article about the success of niche bookstores in these days of the chain behemoths:
And as a later update:
Alternative Reality Web Zine is conducting an online and ongoing interview with me this week, and you can reach the forum here .