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On authors, and appearances

I'm thinking I should probably have an author's appearance sometime soon, to correspond with the early stages of Christmas shopping season. I've only had one so far this year--probably my lowest number since I first got published.
What do you think? I haven't contacted anyone about it yet, but I'd imagine something could be set up to benefit my host. And do you prefer your author appearances to be just book signings, or something else, such as readings or Q&A's?

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cornerofmadness
Oct. 10th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
I like them all but if the opportunity to do a Q&A or have a topic to talk about seems to go over really well (at least with the authors I've attended)
ozma914
Oct. 10th, 2016 06:25 am (UTC)
If I can find that many people willing to gather at the same time, as opposed to wondering in over three hours at a signing. I have done two talks though, and they seemed to go over pretty well.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 10th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
yeah really to me they're two very different activities. Book signings make me nervous because I'm always worried that I'll be there and no one will buy from me (like the first day of the con tihs year or at the Ohioana fest where I was the first sale of the day for her and it was onlylike 2 hours til closing)
ozma914
Oct. 11th, 2016 05:17 am (UTC)
I don't believe I've ever had a book signing with no sales at all, but I've had one with only one sale, and another with only two. One sale in three hours? Not exactly profitable.
cornerofmadness
Oct. 11th, 2016 02:42 pm (UTC)
exactly. I lost money on animazement but I expected to. It was more to get my name out there with some bigger than me names in the business to a very targeted audience
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