One part of being a blogger (for me, at least) is attending local bookish events. I love meeting fellow book lovers and it thrills me to meet authors whose work I’ve loved and to learn more about new-to-me writers. Mostly, at these events, there will be some sort of speech/Q&A section where the author(s) talk about their most recent book, and afterwards, perhaps after some mingling, the author will usually meet fans and sign their books.
I’ve been lucky enough to attend some of these events, and I have to say that talking to authors and getting my books signed has been both exciting and nerve-wracking. I will never forget how flustered I was talking to Heather O’Neill at the #ReadWomen2014 event at the Toronto Public Library after loving and raving about her book The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. And the collector in me admits: I loved getting my books signed.
I love that it marks an occasion; I love that I can go back to that title page and remember the personal connection that was made when an author’s pen touched the paper. As a book lover, there really isn’t much that can beat that feeling.
However, I also know people who are not as enthusiastic about book signings as I am. They wouldn’t turn down a signed book, per se, but they also don’t seek out authors to get their books signed (even if they loved the author’s book). This made me wonder… what is your preference?
Do you jump at the chance to get your books signed, or are you just as happy to meet the author without asking them to sign something?