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Event etiquette

Coming to one of our events, and wondering what the etiquette is? Here are the answers to some of the most common questions and concerns, from the blogs of international best-selling authors Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss. As booksellers, we think they've covered just about every angle, between the two of them, that we think author event attendees ought to keep in mind.
  • This is going to be my first booksigning and I don’t know the etiquette. Do I need to buy my book at the bookstore, or can I bring a book from home?
    Honestly? The polite thing to do is to buy your book at the bookstore hosting the event.
    You see, the bookstores hosting me put a lot of time, energy, and money into events like these. They order a BUNCH of books. They bring in extra staff to manage the crowds, set up chairs, and sometimes reorganize parts of the store. If the signing goes late, they have to keep the store open after hours.
    Also, you have to remember that while the bookstore loves you, they are also, you know, a store. A store that sells books. They need to sell books to stay in business.
    But there are other reasons too. Let’s say I do a signing and the bookstore sells 500 books. That bookstore is happy. That bookstore likes me. That bookstore wants to have me back for future events. Also, my publisher is happy, and they feel like spending the money to fly me out to events like this are a worthwhile investment.
    But if I do a signing and sell, say, 20 books, odds are the bookstore won’t be inviting me back in the future.
    Ultimately, buying a book at the hosting store is just good manners. They’re putting a lot of work into the event, and buying a book is the best way to show that you appreciate that.
    ~Patrick Rothfuss
  • Don't worry. You won't say anything stupid. It'll be fine. My heart tends to go out to people who've stood in line for hours trying to think of the single brilliant witty erudite thing that they can say when they get to the front of the line, and when it finally happens they put their books in front of me and go blank, or make a complete mess of whatever they were trying to say. If you have anything you want to ask or say, just ask, or say it, and if you get a blank look from me it's probably because I'm slightly brain dead after signing several thousand things that day.
    ~Neil Gaiman
  • Can I get more than one book signed?
    The number of books you can get signed varies from store to store. Some stores will let you take three items through the line, some stores will let you bring five. If you want more books than that signed, you’ll have to get back in line.
    For specifics, I’d suggest calling the store and asking them.
    What if you’re picking up books for eight of your best friends? Well, odds are you’ll still be able to get them signed. The main reason I’m doing this tour is to sign books. My intention at each event is to sign books until there are no more books to sign.
    I will only stop if I need to catch a plane, if the store needs to close, or if I collapse from exhaustion. That’s my plan.
    ~Patrick Rothfuss
  • If I sign it in silver or gold, give it a minute or so to dry before putting it back in its bag or closing the cover, otherwise you'll soon have a gold or silver smudge and nothing more.
    ~Neil Gaiman
  • Can I get my picture taken with you at the signing?
    Normally, my answer would be an unqualified yes. Anyone who’s glanced at my facebook page, has seen ample proof of the fact that I’m not camera shy.
    However, there are certain logistical problems with me taking pictures with everyone at these bigger signings. Simply said, photos make a long signing even longer. But what usually happens is that you hand your phone over to someone else to take the shot, then we pose, then the person can’t figure out how to use your camera. Then you explain to them that it’s the button on the side….
    You know what I’m talking about, right? We’ve all been there.
    But let’s do some simple math. Assume that 200 people show up to my signing, and I take *just one minute* with each of them to shake hands, exchange a few words, then sign a book. 200 people at a minute each means that the signing is already more than three hours long.
    That’s not even counting if people have more than one book. Or if people ask me for personalizations. If we add another 50 people taking pictures on top of that, the signing will suddenly be five hours long.
    So my answer to this is… Maybe. We can probably snap a quick picture. But don’t be offended if we have to skip it if the line is really long.
    ~Patrick Rothfuss
  • You may own everything I've ever written. I'm very grateful. I'm not going to sign it all, so you had better simply pick out your favourite thing and bring that along.
    ~Neil Gaiman
  • You may be in that line for a while, so talk to the people around you. You never know, you could make a new friend. I've signed books for kids whose parents met in signing lines (although to the best of my knowledge none of them were actually conceived there). And while we're on the subject, bring something to read while waiting. Or buy something to read, you'll be in a book shop, after all.
    ~Neil Gaiman
  • Remember your name. Know how to spell it, even under pressure, such as being asked. [If you have a nice simple name, like Bob or Dave or Jennifer, don't be surprised if I ask you how to spell it. I've encountered too many Bhobs, Daevs and even, once, a Jeniffer to take any spelling for granted.]
    ~Neil Gaiman
Thursday, October 8, 7 PM--DICK FLAVIN of the Red Sox!
Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to present Emmy-award winning broadcaster, PA announcer at Fenway Park, and the Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, Dick Flavin, who has put pen to paper to create this magnificent volume of verse, Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses! The book is a collection of humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox, as they end their season and start planning for next year.
His pithy and comedic verses including such gems as "The Beards of Summer," "Long Live Fenway Park," and his best known, "Teddy at the Bat."
The book is illustrated with over 50 photos celebrating the Red Sox. It's perfect for Christmas! Come get a signed copy.
Friday, October 9, 7 PM--Concord's own KEVIN FLYNN!
American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age, by Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. (We just wish we could win one!) Yes, that small state in the title is our own New Hampshire.
Kevin is an Emmy Award–winning former television journalist and the author or co-author of four books of true-crime reporting: Wicked Intentions, Our Little Secret, Legally Dead, and Notes on a Killing.
He's also a great storyteller. Come early to get a good seat.
Events over the next two weeks--mark your calendars!
Friday, October 16, 5:30 PM-- local YA sensation Erin Bowman, with her new book, Vengeance Road.
Thursday, October 22, 5:30 PM--Liz Kessler, author of the beloved Emily Windsnap series, with her newest book, Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls.
Friday, October 23, 7 PM--Max Wirestone, author of new novel The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss. Until he got a three-book deal from publisher Hachette, Max was the library director at the New Durham Public Library. 
On our front tables tomorrow!  New books! Click the jackets for details.
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Friday, October 9th, 2015, 7 p.m. Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. It's the dramatic story of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Sweepstakes, American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age.

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