Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kill Me Now! - "K"


K is for Kill me now... the feeling of wishing the ground would swallow you up.


The unattended book signing.This is a major fear for almost every writer.  I know it terrifies the dickens out of me. I've seen this happen and it looks painful.  


To ease the pain, mystery author, Parnell Hall has a funny video out about it:



Here are some tips to make your book signing a success:

With a lot of sales now coming from the digital market, do you think that book signings are still important?  Would you go and meet a favorite author if they had one near you?

Until next time...Go Write!

21 comments:

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh that would be depressing. Never thought of that... this is a tough biz no matter how you look at it.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Thanks for the video! It was both funny and comforting! I have never done a signing alone where no one showed up (at least not yet - there's always time!) but I've certainly been to lots with the equivalent of sitting next to Mary Higgins Clark, watching the author next to me get writer's cramp while I play with my pen! :)

Anne K. Albert said...

Fun post...I love Parnell's videos!

Rogue Mutt said...

Kill me now is what I say when I see 200 blog posts in my feed saying "K is for..." Ugh. This is why I don't own a gun.

Jess said...

I could see that happening to me if I ever got published. Someone would come over and I'd get all excited, and then they'd ask me where the bathroom was :) Cute video!

VR Barkowski said...

I'm another Parnell fan, and this is my favorite of his vids. I think most published writers are faced with the unattended book signing at some point in their careers. I'm with you Raquel, it scares me.

Linda Glaz said...

Your title caught my attention as I'm in the middle of doing taxes and just last night to my husband,
Just shoot me now.
This is a great article, Raquel, I know I'd sweat buckets at a signing with no one there. ERrggft!
Anyway, great question. Are signings going to become a thing of the past like mom and pop bookstores?

Terri Tiffany said...

I dread the thought of a booksigning but yes, if my favorite author was there, I would go:)

Laura Marcella said...

That would be embarrassing and depressing. I've heard of authors who had a great attendance at one book signing, then no one at the next. I think that would be worse because then I'd think the people who bought my book must've spread the word that it's awful, lol.

If my favorite author was coming to a store near me, I would definitely go!!! Authors are celebrities to me. :)

Summer Ross said...

lol- That was funny and scary at the same time!

Mara Nash said...

Well, let me secure an agent and get published first, then I'll let you know...(hehe)

Ann said...

I love book signings and have traveled to attend them. My problem is keeping tuned in so I don't miss an authour I admire.

Raquel Byrnes said...

One of my favorite authors might come out to California this year and I'm hoping I don't miss him. I'd totally make a day of it. =)

Tiger85 said...

I feel real bad for the guy but it was a little funny at first. I'm a new follower. =)

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Carol Riggs said...

Yeah, ouch. Like throwing a party and having no one show up! I hope I don't ever experience this. But I suppose I'd live thru it if I did. :)

Michael Offutt said...

I've never took much stock in getting autographs per se. It's much funner meeting the author and discussing their book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's why the physical appearances scare me.
And after all the kiss posts today, cool to see a kill!

Monti said...

I know the feeling. Signings go from no one to a reasonable number. When my first book came out, the signings seemed better than now because the stores like B & N and Waldenbooks promoted them and posted signs throughout the stores, made announcements, etc. I love the Parnell Hall video!

Monti
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M.J. Fifield said...

I've had that nightmare more times than I can count. Of course, I'm also nowhere near ready to have a signing, attended or otherwise, so it's just a scary story to keep me awake at night.

The video's great though.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Raquel -

Thanks for the links and video.

I don't have a book published yet, so I'll file this info away for future reference. Still, I can relate to the subject from my craft show days. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Trisha said...

I think book signings are awesome and should keep happening, for sure. However, I must admit I've...never been to one myself. Gasp.