Book Signing for ‘A Gangster’s Grip’

On Saturday 24th October I held my book signing event for my second novel, A Gangster’s Grip at Thackeray’s Books in Denton, Manchester. The shop’s proprietors had prepared an excellent window display in advance of the book signing, showing the cover of ‘A Gangster’s Grip’ and giving the background to both of my novels.  Apparently the poster had attracted interest and positive feedback from customers in the days preceding the book signing.

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We arrived fifteen minutes early to find that we already had a customer waiting, and we still had to set up the table and display. My wardrobe malfunction didn’t help matters and, as more customers arrived, I struggled to free my lacy blouse, which had become entangled in my necklace. (This is not exactly the professional image you want to project to readers. 🙂 ) A valuable lesson was learnt and I think that in future it would be advisable to arrive half an hour before the signing.

Fortunately the customers were very patient, and the convivial atmosphere at Thackeray’s helped. Book signings are held in a room above the bookshop, which is also a tearoom selling home-made pastries and housing art displays from local authors.

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As well as people who had attended my previous book signing for Slur, there were some new faces. It was great to meet new readers and chat about my books. One thing I did underestimate was how many copies of my previous novel, ‘Slur’ I would need. Because ‘A Gangster’s Grip’ is the second book in a trilogy, readers who hadn’t already read ‘Slur’ wanted to start with that one first. Some even bought both books. Another valuable lesson learnt for future signings is to stock up on print copies of all my books. I have now sold out of my author copies of ‘Slur’ and emptied Thackeray’s shelves of all copies too, although the book can still be ordered online from Amazon. N.B. I’ll be restocking as soon as possible.

Despite a couple of minor hiccups, it was a successful afternoon, and a wonderful opportunity to engage with readers. Although readers can get an idea of what a book is about by reading the blurb and glancing through the first few pages, they enjoy meeting authors and finding out a little about the background to novels. Book signings give readers a chance to do this and also enable authors to build up a local following.

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8 thoughts on “Book Signing for ‘A Gangster’s Grip’

      • All useful info though H – I’ve got a signing in a couple of weeks and am taking 10 copies of each but will probably add in a few extra of ASS as the series will be new to most people to go I imagine. Thanks for sharing anyway.

  1. I’m glad you’ve found it helpful Georgia. It’s always difficult to predict how these things will go but I think a trilogy is definitely useful when it comes to selling locally. A couple of people bought Slur and said they might go back to the shop for AGG if they like the first book (fortunately there are still stocks of that one). 🙂

  2. Sounds great! I so couldn’t do that. I can’t talk about my books face to face, even with people I know. A shame because I know it’s so good, especially if you do paperbacks, but – oh well! Glad it went well for you. x

    • Thanks Terry. I know what you mean; I found it really difficult at first. I used to get embarrassed but I’ve found that people who know you tend to want to buy your books, even the post office clerk who recommends them to customers. So, I keep pushing myself and stepping outside my comfort zone. I’m breathing a sigh of relief at the moment though because the ‘live’ promotion is over till the next time. 🙂

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