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Book Signing Experience

As most of you know, I’m a new author. I’m virtually unknown outside my circles of friends and family. As an author, though, it’s important to get my name and stories out in the world where more people can become familiar with us.

We had the chance to have another book signing at Barnes & Noble in Spokane Valley, WA.

I’ve heard that book signings are really just things of the past and to an extent, I’m sure that’s true, but I would say every opportunity overlooked is a wasted one, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.

A signing for your book isn’t necessarily so much about selling books as it is about being present. You can’t just go and sit at a table with your book sitting atop it. A signing is a place where you smile at people, say hello, offer them something for their hands that is either the book or telling about the book. Book Signings are not about your or your book. They are really about the people you meet. An author becomes familiar through exposure.

Here’s my #1 piece of advice for a book signing: Be a person other people feel like they can approach.

#2 Make sure passersby know they can ask you questions.

#3 Be interested in what they have to say. People matter above and beyond selling anything. Ever.

#4Β Don’t be embarrassed. This is your book and hard work. Be happy to share it with others.

#5 Make sure you can give a brief two to four sentence description of it. Include the genre. Try to mix it up and see what interests people the most.

#6 Ask people what sorts of books they enjoy reading. This will help you see if there’s anything in your story that might interest that person, in particular, about your book.

#7Β If they are okay with it, get photos with people. It’s so fun to have that memory! πŸ™‚

I had eighteen lovely people buy my book on Saturday. Many of them are friends and acquaintances, but a few were complete strangers.

I just want to say thank you to each and every one of you.

  • First, for taking precious time out of your Saturday to stop in and buy The Beauty Thief.
  • Second, for being kind enough to let me talk about it!
  • Third,Β for giving me a chance. Β I’m an author who is virtually unknown, and when you take a chance on me and my story, it is something not to be overlooked or under-appreciated.
  • Fourth, for making my Saturday special with your support and encouragement.


Everyone who bought The Beauty Thief during the book signing was entered in my own little drawing to win aΒ mug with the cover photo on it. This video reveals the winner:

Here are some photos from the book signing! Sadly, I didn’t get photos with everyone. If I didn’t get a photo with you and you have my book from the signing or elsewhere, I’d love it if you posted a picture of yourself with The Beauty Thief book to my Facebook page: Rachael Ritchey AuthorΒ or email ( it to me so I can share it!

Charlene Courtney Debbie Heather & Jacob Judy Maggie Melinda Mikaela Miri Niki Pam Sarah Sheila

The Beauty Thief is my first book baby and she’s still got some places to go. Thank you for being a part of the journey! I’m looking forward to every step of the way ahead!

40 thoughts on “Book Signing Experience”

  1. Great advice/tips. I think I’d struggle with no. 4 though. It sounds/looks like you had a wonderful time on Saturday. I’m happy for you. πŸ™‚ Keep getting your name out there, great things will follow. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yeah, I think that might be the hardest for us all, at least at first. We are essentially standing in front of everyone saying we have imaginary people living in our heads and all this stuff we write comes from a very personal place. It’s hard not to feel a little embarrassed. Haha

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  2. Your tips on the book signing experience revolved around the theme of being others-minded. I am so fortunate to see that up close and on display in your life, Rachael. People magnate to you. They cannot help it. Your smile is welcoming and your words place value on others; they leave with a better sense of self. Thank you for that personal touch beyond your creative words on a page. How I so adore you.

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    1. ❀ You're the best best friend I could ever ask for . . . always there to keep me accountable and encourage me. You're also a beautiful example of being others-minded with a overflowing heart of compassion and strength. You, Sheila, are one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. There are no other words I could say to express my gratitude for your friendship. ❀ πŸ™‚ Love ya!


    1. I did, Lizzy! Thank you. πŸ™‚ I have a feeling not selling any books might feel disappointing, but I am prepared, mentally, for the possibility. The best part will always be the opportunity to tell people shut my books and writing. πŸ™‚


  3. Awesome! And you look so professional in all those photos. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you had a good time, and made even more fans!
    Have you been by your local libraries yet? Do libraries host book signings?

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    1. E. I haven’t been in the libraries with it yet. I’m afraid to ask our amazing librarians. haha It takes me a while to get over silly little fears sometimes. The county library is going to have two copies of my book available Spokane County Library District! WooHoo! I’m hoping they do signings or at least set up talks or readings or something. I don’t know! It’s worth checking out. πŸ™‚
      And thank you! I was going to that artistic author look. haha πŸ˜‰

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      1. Didn’t you notice I was asking you because I’m too chicken to do it myself yet? ;D
        That’s cool the library has copies of your book though; awesome! Did you have to email them a request so that they’d put Beauty Thief on their shelves?

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  4. Wow Rachael, Well done to you…what a huge achievement and so exciting. πŸ™‚ So glad your boko signing went well… these are the sort of days you will look back on and remember with teary pride! Not many get to experience this! πŸ™‚ Well done again.

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      1. Fantastic that you have such support around you and all that hard work is definitely worth it, you look very professional in the photos.

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  5. That’s neat. I’ve been looking for some of these opportunities in my little town. So far none but I will keep looking. I’m a poet, so there’s not a big scene for us in my town. Mostly my friends and family are my supporters too. Thanks for the boost of encouragement!

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    1. Dara, small towns are hard. Actually, even big towns are hard. Our well-known local book store wasn’t interested in me coming there. It’s just the big ones that are willing to let a no name like me show up and stand in their doorway with my book. haha

      I hope you find exactly the kind of thing you’re looking for! Maybe there’s a place that would be interested in a reading of some of your poems to get your name out there? Or your local library? A lot of libraries love to have authors come in, share their work and talk about the process. πŸ™‚ I’m happy that my experience encouraged you! Now, go get ’em! πŸ˜‰


    1. Yes! Thank you Seumas! ❀ Thanks for commenting. I completely agree. If you're not already famous, it doesn't matter what your name is, people aren't likely to take a chance on someone they don't know in the slightest. And good point about positive exposure. haha That does make a difference! πŸ˜‰


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