The challenge of hosting a signing
So, I used to work in a bookstore, and one of the things my manager and I used to agonize over was how many copies of a book to order for a signing. The danger is you’ll run out. The fear is you’ll order too many and have to pay to ship them back. This conundrum has serious consequences for those attending the event.
If you are coming to one of my twelve stops to see me, you face a bit of a choice. Do you order the book ahead of time and bring it with you? This guarantees you have a copy, but the bookstore loses the sale. Or do you chance them having enough in order to support the bookstore? What if they run out?
Here’s what I propose: Wait and get a copy at the bookstore (in fact, get two or three copies. They make great gifts!). If anyone is left out, I’ll do what I’ve always done with my own versions: I’ll sign and personalize the book and ship it straight to you. I’ll get Simon and Schuster to help out, or I’ll buy the books myself to make it happen.
I would much rather the bookstore sell what they have than be stuck with a ton of stock. We’ll make sure everyone gets a book — I promise. And be sure to bring any of those rare and collectible print-on-demand books you may have.
If you are going to want a hardback instead of a paperback, call the bookstore ahead of time and make sure they ordered some. See how many they are going to get or if you can pre-order a copy. There weren’t many hardbacks printed to begin with, so the first printing is definitely going to sell out. Plan ahead of time. Can’t wait to meet you all in person!