Witty Book Signing Note
October 4, 2017 12:10 PM   Subscribe

We wrote a book! We did it! I just realized we're going to some sort of book signing event to meet local booksellers soon, and there will be promo copies of the books for the booksellers. What clever and useful thing should I say, beyond just writing my name?

Link to book currently in top of the "about" section in profile if needed. Title: Chocolatology: Chocolate's Fantastical Lore, Bittersweet History, & Delicious (Vegan) Recipes
posted by aniola to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
(This will also be the first time we see a hard copy. I'm excited.)
posted by aniola at 12:10 PM on October 4

"Stay sweet"
posted by ramenopres at 12:26 PM on October 4 [5 favorites]

More important than being witty, first you ask if they want it signed to someone in particular (including themself). Then you ask how to spell their name, even if it's something like Pat or Jim, because who knows? Patt? Jhim?

To answer your question, the first thing that comes to mind is "It's sweet of you to buy our book," but that's wordy if you have to sign a lot of them at once. The second thing: "Get cooking!"

I never even thought about the ‘signing books’ process when I was putting mine together, but I've had a lot of fun over the years signing it – especially if I know the buyer personally.

p.s. This guy seems to have a lot of thoughts on the matter.
posted by LeLiLo at 12:31 PM on October 4 [1 favorite]

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
posted by Hanuman1960 at 12:31 PM on October 4 [1 favorite]

Short is good, I figure, if you're signing a lot of books.

Be sweet
Choco 4 life!
To cacao!
Love & chocolate,
Cacao loves you
Thanks a choco-lot! (...sorry)
Make life rich & sweet.

(and congratulations!)
posted by wintersweet at 1:01 PM on October 4 [1 favorite]

I went to a book signing recently where the author had a self-inking stamp that was relevant to the book, and she stamped it beside her name. I thought it was pretty fun.
posted by une_heure_pleine at 8:05 PM on October 4 [2 favorites]

I mostly went with "love & chocolate" or some variation on that. Someone sent me this link, which was also helpful (including the comments). Especially the bit about personalizing it based on your conversation, which was hard to do, but helpful when it worked.

I'm told our line was the longest in the place (with the exception of the folks giving out free bourbon), so it was also really helpful that there were two of us, because we could trade off with signing and chatting.
posted by aniola at 1:05 PM on October 13

My partner went with "stay sweet (and slightly bitter)" so I'm marking that as a best answer, too.
posted by aniola at 1:08 PM on October 13

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