this book signing was closer to my house so i was able to invite a lot of people i knew. plus, i had some great friends drive 2 hours to come to it! (such a fabulous surprise!)
not only did having friends at the signing make the event so much more fun but strangers who usually avoid eye contact with me actually came to the table! yeah! i'm beginning to think that we humans have a fear of interacting one-on-one with people we don't know. i think it was really intimidating for the customers in the coffee shop to approach my table when it was just me sitting there all by myself. but when there was already a crowd around it was a lot easier for people to come ask questions and see what was going on.
what made it even better is that my friends were able to say stuff like, "you should definitely read this book, its great!" that sounds a lot better coming from someone else than from me - the author.
my publisher had suggested in a list of tips that i take someone with me as a book signing "buddy" to the events. i didn't take this advice (mostly because i didn't think any of my new friends in ohio would want to join me.) but i think people would have been willing if i would have asked them and i think it makes a BIG difference.
so the last tip i'm going to leave with you from my limited amount of experience is...
INVITE FRIENDS TO THE BOOK SIGNING!
LOTS OF THEM!!!
p.s. thanks to everyone who came out. you truly made it a fabulous event!