As a writer, the thought of doing a book signing has always terrified me.
one thing, I fit the stereotype of the introverted author pretty well.
The idea of sitting in the middle of a bookshop, behind a desk, trying
to attract people to come over and buy my book so I can sign it, is
foreign to everything in my nature. I'm quite happy for people to just
click on a link at Amazon, honestly. I'm getting better, because we
can't get away with hiding behind our screens anymore, but I will never
be an in-your-face marketer no matter how hard I try.
another, the horror stories I hear from other writers make me cringe.
It takes me back to high school. Not only am I forcing myself out there,
but people are walking past ignoring me! Or, worse, giving me the wrong
sort of attention. In these cheerful reminiscence sessions, writer
friends have reported being asked what they write before being told "Oh
yeah, I don't like those", told off for being too expensive, mistaken
for someone else and then hearing "Oh... damn" or, on one memorable
occasion, being asked where the toilets are. Having heard far too often
that as an erotic romance writer I am a filthy slut, the last thing I
want is to sit in the equivalent of the stocks to be insulted. Or
mistaken for E. L. James.
Of course, since I'm
primarily in ebooks at the moment, this hasn't been an issue so far. But
we do have one method of signing now - Authorgraph. I signed up early
on and wrestled gamely with the mouse to create a signature that bore
some resemblance to my own, in the hope that somebody somewhere might
So far nobody has. But hey, I can live with
being rejected on the internet. I can sit comfortably, wear a dressing
gown, and nobody can tell if I stick my tongue out at the screen.