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45. May 14, 2011 5:04 AM in response to: meggie
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

I love this thread.  I've been listening to dozen's of teleconferences about how to make millions with your self-published book and they always downplay book signings - say you don't sell many books.  and I think I DON'T CARE.  I want a book signing.  And of course in my fantasies I wonder what kind of pen to use but most of all what to say.

 

Some ideas on here for the message.  Any more?

 

By the way, the teleconferences were useful in some ways, On each new proof I added more things that can turn into $$.  Basically they said you won't make much with the book but you can make a million with the side marketing.

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46. May 14, 2011 6:19 AM in response to: sunmoonandcompass
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

I use a 'Sharpie' with a small point.  The kind normally

used for labeling baggies for the 'fridge.

Do the signing...I did one in a very small town with little

promotion and with the Bookstore taking 20% and running

all sales through their register, I made $293.00 gross.

BTW...the bookstore now has my book on consignment.

It retails for $12.95.  Take your book and sell it and yourself

to a local bookstore.

Good Luck on your Book!!!!!

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47. May 14, 2011 9:00 AM in response to: sunmoonandcompass
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

Check with the libraries in your area. See if they have any 'Author Day' events set up where multiple authors come in and sign/sell their books.

 

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48. May 14, 2011 9:52 AM in response to: sunmoonandcompass
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

All of us have dreams of a book signing where thousands of people come up and buy your books, but in reality on average it's about 5-500. Yeah I know it's a large range. It also depends on the genre, how big your town is, how big the store is (how much traffic) and how much advertising they/you do for the event. It's like any other party...some will come but never all.

I also use the standard "Best Wishes" or "Stay tuned for the next adventure"

 

The whole idea behind a book signing is a meet-n-greet. People can meet you and you sign their books.It is not about selling books. The main purpose is to get the word out that you have a book whether they come to the signing or not. I use flyers, bookmarks, and giveaway pens with the title of the book. Pens have a way of migrating. They will leave the person you give it to and go to another. How many pens do you have in your cup holder with advertising on it? Haha made you look. Same principle.

 

Bookmarks and flyers can be done on your home computer, I use Staples to save ink costs with color copies. I had a poster size boards printed of the cover of my book on a table easle at the signing. I used a sharpie with wide point to write in "Author here today!" across the top. So even if I step away from the table whomever sees it knows I'm there. Another investment is labels reading "Author Signed Copy" Signed copies can not be returned to the wholesaler.

 

Now, the pen you sign with is a different matter. I usually buy 3 gross of color ink G-2's with an imprint on the barrel at a time. Most imprinters have a minimum order of 500. If I'm pinched for cash I'll use sticky labels. I'll sign each copy with a new pen and hand the used pen to the buyer. It's just me. I hate stick pens. I'll leave them "accidentally" at dr office, stores, wherever. It all gets written off in the end of the year taxes for advertising costs anyhow (As do review or donated copies)

 

I keep all the items for each particular book in a plastic tub so all I have to do is grab one for whatever book I'm signing.

 

jomurphey

The Sacrificial Lamb- https://www.createspace.com/3555935

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jolee-Morriss-author/178909058828735

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/50862

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQGtG8Y-_y0

 

Escape from Second Eden- https://www.createspace.com/3590633

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/40926

http://www.facebook.com/pages/JL-Murphey/117840828292563

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_mHKyDdUQU

 

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49. May 16, 2011 7:14 AM in response to: jomurphey
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

Wow you are one organized person!  It's my DREAM to by the kind of person who has all the stuff for one project in one bucket so I can just pick it up and go.

 

Yesterday I signed my first book.  Okay so it was only a proof.  But my friend's daughter was travelling through town and she had told me her favorite subject was the Law of Attraction.  So when we went for breakfast, I took her the latest proof to read on her trip and she insisted I sign it for her.  I was sooo thrilled.  I used any old pen I had in my purse - I think a promo pen for The Shadow Effect by Debi Ford (actually a good example of what I could get) and I wrote something like:  'Attract only wonderful things into your life Amy - Love Jackie'

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50. May 16, 2011 7:50 AM in response to: sunmoonandcompass
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

Summon,

 

LOL I've been at this writing game for a number of years, almost 30 years now. It's just the internet stuff that is new to me. Have you ever gone to an event and asked for something and had the other person have to search for something before they could help you? Were you irritated? Bet you were as you watched them shuffle through tubs and bags. Or as a woman searching for a pen in the bottom of a huge purse before you found what you were looking for? It's a whole lot less stress knowing you have everything you need in one spot. You lose that "wait, I left it at home" problem. The tubs usually fit under the tables and out of sight.

 

I no longer have finished proofs of my books either. Even the ones with the wrong set up are signed and gone.

 

jomurphey

The Sacrificial Lamb- https://www.createspace.com/3555935

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jolee-Morriss-author/178909058828735

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/50862

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQGtG8Y-_y0

 

Escape from Second Eden- https://www.createspace.com/3590633

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/40926

http://www.facebook.com/pages/JL-Murphey/117840828292563

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_mHKyDdUQU

 

website- http://jomurphey.blogspot.com

Author Page Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/J.-L.-Murphey/e/B004ZBMPAS/ref=sr_tc_img_2?qid=1304691785&sr=1-2-ent

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51. Aug 2, 2011 6:32 PM in response to: jomurphey
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

Pelikan is good as ever!

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52. Aug 3, 2011 1:47 AM in response to: meggie
Re: What kind of pen do you use for autographs?

As most of my sales are Kindle I use my finger...let me explain:

 

There is a new program/organization called Kindlegraph. They can add a personalized signature to a kindle book. http://www.kindlegraph.com:

 

You can order my autograph here http://kindlegraph.com/authors/alexshawhetman

 

http://www.alexwshaw.com

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