On Saturday, April 9th, I began my signing season. For the next couple of months, I hold signings at various bookstores between here and Toronto. I do this every spring and fall. I don’t do signings in the winter because the weather is too unpredictable or in July and August because bookstores aren’t as busy.
Now that I have 5 novels to sell, I wondered if that would help sales. I have been doing signings for two years now. The first year I just sold Locker Rooms and Shall We Chat? No one was interested in my chat book but sold a few of Locker Rooms.
The second year, I included That Truthful Place and A Discerning Heart. I sold more of the kids book than the other. But having a bigger selection was better. Some people bought two books.
This year, I have added Devouring Time and The Perfect Hand. I found I received more respect from people when they asked, "Did you write all these?" People were also impressed with the range of my novels, such a variety of choices.
My first signing was held at the Indigo Burlington from 1 to 4 pm. The store was busy with lulls at times. Quite a number of people were interested in my books but a few said they don’t read fiction or they have a pile of books to read.
The only thing I dislike hearing is: "I’ll be right back." Lots of people say they just want to brose a bit more and then they will return. They never return. I wish they would just say, "Not interested," instead of giving me hope that they will return.
But I was very lucky Saturday and I sold 9 books making me a profit of $99. (The store receives 45% of the book value.) I was so happy. People responded well and it’s definitely a bonus to offer 5 different novels. Some lovely people bought a book just to support a local author. I love it when people do that. I appreciate it so much.
My next signing is on Saturday, April 23rd, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oakville Chapters, 240 Leighhand, Unit 244, Oakville, Ontario. I hope anyone in the area will come out and say hello.