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Old 06-03-2013, 16:45   #1
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Book signings, what's good etiquette?

Just found out my favourite author (Raymond Feist) is doing a UK tour in 2013 and will be in my local waterstones for a talk, Q&A and signing on the 7th May.

I've been a fan of Feist ever since I was 15 years old and he's obviously here to sell and promote his new book. However would it be considered a bad show to take along previous books to attempt to get them signed, I have everything he's ever written in hardback and where as I don't expect them all to be signed, it would be great if I could get the original trilogy signed (and maybe the empire trilogy)

So....would this be considered bad form?
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Old 06-03-2013, 17:06   #2
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Book signings, what's good etiquette?

I am sure he won't mind signing a couple of older books... Three would probably be okay but six may be pushing it!
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Old 06-03-2013, 18:55   #3
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You could ask the shop as they may well know. Certainly when David Attenborough was doing a signing at a local bookshop here he was very open and even signed one of my dvd sets and was signing lots of old books people brought in but it probably depends very much on the person doing the signing!
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Old 06-03-2013, 19:59   #4
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Depends if its a ticket only thing with a certain amount of people or just a large queue, also Smiths tend to be a little arsey about buying a book. Nigella signed old books, but I think they'd expect you to buy something
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Old 07-03-2013, 13:19   #5
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well, I'll be buying the new book as well...

from previous ones he's done at waterstones, it's probably a small entry fee with that then off the cost of the book

Maybe I should ask him to sign my kindle as that's how I tend to read everything these days
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I remember going to a Clive Barker signing many moons ago in Nottingham, I took a bag of his books, bought his current one (Thief of Always) got that signed, then produced my bag of books. He took one look and asked me to come back later as he wanted a chance to meet everyone queing (had got everyone in out of the rain queueing through the store before he'd sign one book!)
Good as his word, I cam back at closing time and ended up getting them all signed, plus sat and chatted with him for over an hour! Top bloke
So really depends on author and store as to how accomodating they will be
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I did the same as "the thing with no name". I went to a talk that Terry Pratchett gave many years ago, me and anothe guy turned up with basically a rucksack full of books each. He asked us to wait until the end and then signed every single one.

Terry Brooks was also very good, he signed and in fact doodled in all my Shannara books although he did it without me having to wait until the end.

David Gemmell on the other hand, only signed the one I bought there and then
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Just found out my favourite author (Raymond Feist) is doing a UK tour in 2013 and will be in my local waterstones for a talk, Q&A and signing on the 7th May.

I've been a fan of Feist ever since I was 15 years old and he's obviously here to sell and promote his new book. However would it be considered a bad show to take along previous books to attempt to get them signed, I have everything he's ever written in hardback and where as I don't expect them all to be signed, it would be great if I could get the original trilogy signed (and maybe the empire trilogy)

So....would this be considered bad form?
When I went to a signing by Jonathan Carroll there was a small guy with a BIG kit bag in front of me and I can only assume he had bought foreign editions as well. It depends on the author I guess.
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I think remembering you're not the only person in the queue who wants to get stuff signed should be a consideration - so don't take your library. From experience, that might be a minority view.
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Yeah, I'd expect anyone wanting more than one or two books signed to have the common courtesy to say "Thanks for that one - Would it be OK if I came back at the end of the signing for some more?"
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Hi all,. A well-known fantasy author who was an inspiration to me is doing a book signing at a local bookstore.
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