4 Steps To Planning a Book Signing Event

Zero-in on location.

Meet your audience where they are. Do some research and list locations where your event could take place. Many authors think a book signing event must be held at a bookstore, but this isn’t necessarily so. If you wrote a science fiction book, for example, and there’s a science museum in your area that displays cool artifacts that your readers love – that would be a great location to have your event, get readers excited about your book, and encourage them to purchase it. However, if you wish for your event to be held at a bookstore, ensure that you have a wide audience who will gravitate towards your book and make the event just as beneficial for the bookstore.        

 

Plan an actual event.

Gone are the days when book signing was just sitting at a desk and autographing copies of your masterpiece for your fan base. Readers are looking for more and more reasons as to why they should buy your book. Whether you’re planning an in-person or virtual event, and whether your book is fiction or nonfiction, brainstorm creative ways in which you can engage with your attendees. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Q&A sessions
  • Games
  • Musical entertainment
  • Group coaching session

 

Involve your support groups.

As a writer, you may be a member of one or several support groups. Maybe you’re involved with a local organization that supports a cause you believe in, or an entrepreneurial group geared towards guiding young adults to start to sustain their businesses. Let your fellow group members in on your writing and publishing journey so they can support you at your event.

 

Promote your event.

While your event’s host will do their part in promoting your book signing, don’t rely on them to do all the work. It’s your event, and it’s up to use to spread the word to the masses. Utilize social and business networking platforms, forward your promotional flyer to your email lists and reach out to media outlets to attract as many people as possible to your event.

    

What do you need to do to organize a successful book signing event?

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