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.
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!