Linda Poitevin (whose name I finally learned how to pronounce!) author of the Grigori Legacy — Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son — came to Toronto on Saturday for a signing at the World’s Biggest Bookstore. It was quite honestly (in my opinion) everything a book signing should be. Linda, myself and @whitewolfreads spent a few hours laughing, getting weird looks from security and scaring some people into buying her books — the usual stuff. It really was an enjoyable day.
Signings should be fun, in my opinion.. Not just buy the book, get it signed, leave. Actually getting to know the person behind the creation of the world you’re about to enter, and the characters you’ve come to love is important and it’s one of the things that makes a book even better to enjoy. Reading something that’s great from a faceless name while enjoyable isn’t at all the same experience you get once you know the author, and know what they’re like. Or even, on the author’s side — it’s good to get to know your readers. They’re the people who faithfully look for updates about when the next book will be released, signings and readings let you become better known, and it’s a good way to get new fans. Even if there’s not a lot of people that pick up your book while you’re there — seeing you, and seeing people with your book is a good way to get them interested.
If you do get a chance, I highly recommend going out to signings, and hanging around for a bit. Meet some fellow fans, and learn something you wouldn’t have found out just by reading the author’s bio on the back of the book. Plus, there’s something about having a book signed that makes it just.. so much more than it was before. There’s more sentimental value in a signed book, and makes it feel much more personal.
But then again, I’m one of those people who loves absolutely anything author or book related. Readers, what’s your opinion on signed books/author events? Is a signed book the same as an unsigned book? Let me know your thoughts!
Also, I want to say thank you for everyone who keeps checking up on my blog even though my posts have been sporadic. I appreciate it and I hope now that I’m done school I’ll be able to update more (and get some book reviews up as well).