Well, I’m home from book tour! And leaving again in a few days. I try to group events together to make travel (and child care) easier, but these things can be difficult to wrangle precisely. So a month after I visited five states from Wisconsin to Alabama promoting Girl in Disguise, I’m headed out to four more (Iowa, here I come!).
I’ve found the advice of fellow touring authors from my previous tour-tips roundup invaluable on my travels, and since I received more suggestions than I could fit in a single post, I’ve got more to share with you! Without further ado, more brilliant ideas for authors on tour.
Alex George, on the road with his new book Setting Free the Kites, has two pieces of advice, both related to signing books:
- Always, and I really do mean always, check the spelling of every name before you inscribe. Even the most innocent and simple-sounding names have improbable variations – and the most surefire way of coming across these is to launch into the dedication without checking first. Some traps you’ll learn to spot quickly enough – does Alison have one “l” or two? – but others will defeat you every time. Sometimes the only option is to have them write it down. Case in point: last month in Birmingham, AL, I signed a book for a lovely Romanian lady called Zsuzsu.
- Have at least three or four stock phrases to include with your signature. These can be as simple as “Thanks for coming!” or “Hope you enjoy it!” – better yet to make a clever reference to the book itself, if you can manage it. The point is, you don’t want to have to think too much about what to say each time a book is presented to you. Of course, there will always be people who ask you to “write something funny” as if it’s the easiest thing in the world, and maybe it is for you. It’s not for me – so I always have a stock joke or two ready, too.