Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Book Signing... OMG!!!! What should I wear?!?!?!

So, I am still trudging along with book signings at the big box book stores almost every Saturday and Sunday.  It's fun and busy and I'm learning as I go.  There's one thing I hadn't given much thought to, though, until this morning: What should I wear?


Most of my book events of late have been squeezed in between work/school/social functions or commitments, so I've left home in the mornings dressed to suit all two or three appointments/engagements throughout the day.


Today was an easy day, however.  I had nothing "piggy-backed" on to today's book signing, and as I got ready to go, I found myself befuddled as to what to wear...


Should I look "authorish"?  I think that means something halfway between professorial and librarian.  Or perhaps "authorish" means Boho chic...  For a guy, I picture a tweedy blazer with leather patches on the elbows.

But what should women wear to signings?  The tone of my book is fast and funny, sassy and sexy, so a serious look or a suit doesn't seem to fit.  It occurred to me that it might be a good idea to dress like one of the characters in the book, but that would possibly only be effective with people who have read the book...?


Another thing I wonder about is hair and make-up.  Today I skipped the paint-by-number face and had the hair in a ponytail.  That's very natural and very "me", but I wonder if readers expect an author to look a certain way?


The only thing I am sure of as I go along is that I have greater success if I stand next to the signing table and say hello as people walk by.  They're more likely to chat (and buy!) than if I am seated behind a desk (I guess it seems I'm more approachable this way...).  So, because I stand for most of the time I'm at a signing, I have learned that comfy shoes are essential!

8 comments:

  1. Just be yourself thats how you write so be that way... it will work out in the end.

    keep it up and good luck, hope you sell tons of books.

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  2. Be yourself. People can tell when you're being inauthentic with something. I think that the way we dress, the aesthetic we go for with our physical appearance, etc., can bear some reflection of our writing voice. I think that it's more tied together than we might think. With that in mind, wear what is a reflection of who you are, and not just the writer. If you dress true to yourself, you'll likely find that you're more approachable because you're in a comfortable, confident place.

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  3. I struggle with what to wear on a daily basis. I can't imagine what it must be like to debate clothes for a book signing. I'd say something that is reflective of who you are is probably the way to go. But good luck with your choices. And with your book signing!

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  4. I was so tired heading off this morning that I almost wished I could have gone in my jammies!

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  5. If you go with the "see yourself as a brand" school of thought, you dress like your character - or like the image you want for your series.

    I usually go with jeans and a fitted top. I want to look casual but good. But that's my brand. Maybe you should wear fishnets and suspenders.

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  6. I keep telling you.... Feather boa!

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  7. I think you should be yourself; dress in what makes you feel comfortable and confident, and not worry about it too much. Be authentic to who you are -- after all, you're not your characters. You're 'the creator.'

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