October 11, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Live and In-Person

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I said in August, when we talked about fan mail, that I planned on expanding that to live meetings when the time was right. Well, that time is now!
  • Have you ever met one of your favorite authors? Gotten their autograph?
  • How about an author you felt only so-so about, but got their autograph anyway? Like, say, at a book-signing a friend dragged you to?
  • How about stumbling across a book signing or reading and being so captivated, you bought the book?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

This question makes me blue! No, I've never even been to a book signing. I feel so lame. The closest I came to it was when the local weather man was signing his new book at the mall. He looked so sad and lonely, sitting and playing with his pen waiting for someone to talk to him. I felt bad but didn't want his book so I snuck into the bookstore without him seeing me.

I wish I could meet my favorite authors though!


  1. I have not gone out of my way to meet any.

    It is no big deal either. So don't feel bad if you have not met any author as yet!

  2. Don't feel bad. Seems like most authors do tours in areas near where they live, the setting for the book, or large cities. I've found myself saying "why can't you ever come here" all the time, when I see my favs schedules.

  3. Poor weather man! :-) I had a similar experience but I didn't know who the man was. Hope you get to go to one for a favorite author some time!

  4. LoL...well, I've never met any of my favorite authors, either, so don't feel *so* blue- you're not alone!

  5. LoL...don't feel too blue; I've not met any of my favorite authors either, so you're not alone!

  6. I met Dennis Lehane once. I was so tongue-tied all I could say was "I really like your work." He smiled sadly, because he knew that was totally lame.

    I feel fortunate that I've been able to meet a lot of writers whom I admire and I love author signings.

  7. Don't feel bad, the only 'author' I've ever met in person was Davy Jones (from the Monkees)...he wrote his autobiography years ago. I have a signed copy, but that doesn't count for much.

  8. I didn't participate in BTT today for the very same reason - I felt really lame admitting that as much as I read, I've never ever been to a book signing or gotten anywhere near meeting an author. You're not alone :)

    Have a great day!

  9. I've never been to a book signing either. Happy BTT.

  10. Same here, Chris! But I'm glad I asked some of them for autographs through emails and they replied! Happy BTT!

  11. I'll second Stacy - I couldn't be bothered writing a whole post for a response that could be summed up in one word!

  12. Going to book signings is not something I usually seek out--I usually stumble on them accidentally and it's rare it's an author I've heard of or would want to read. At least locally. The L.A. Times Festival of Books is a different story all together though. Since I started going, I've had more of a chance to get out there and meet some of the authors I read. More often than not though, it's authors I haven't yet read and I come home with too many books. :-)

  13. Don't feel blue. I actually prefer talks or readings to plain old signings -- that way, you can hear some of the book, hear the author's voice, and if you have nothing to say, you can sit and listen to the Q&A and come away perfectly happy.

    Your time will come to meet an author, Chris. We're painfully normal, though, so don't be disappointed.


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