Book signings are not only a great way to spend the day for any avid reader, they are massively inspiring for aspiring and established writers too. I LOVE book signings! The atmosphere, the excitement of finally saying a brief hello to an author you’ve admired for months, years or maybe just weeks is so exciting.
I’ve attended many, many signings over the years including Jodi Picoult, Marian Keyes, Philippa Gregory, Anna Jacobs, Nicholas Evans, Alison Weir…I could go on!
From each of these signings, I’ve gained inspiration and tips from some amazing writers who are willing to share their experiences and wisdom. I’d say the writing industry (especially romance writers), is overwhelmingly generous to ‘pay it forward’ and help aspiring or writers struggling to earn a living from what they love, to learn and gain the knowledge needed to move upward in their careers.
Chatting with the people around you, the person in front and behind you in the queue as you wait with the author’s latest book in hand, can lead to great conversation and maybe even a new book idea. People, especially readers, are interesting and informative. They often travel and have unusual and different hobbies. It’s a great way to garner characterization!
I have just signed up to hear Jodi Picoult talk in December (my fourth time seeing her…stalker? Moi?) as well as planning another visit to the AMAZING town of Hay-On-Wye in Wales in next year. This is a town like no other. It is wall-to-wall bookshops. Truly. Once a year they hold an enormous literary festival that draws readers and writers from all over the world.
Scroll the internet today and sign up for an author book signing and/or literary festival – you won’t regret it!