Monday, August 11, 2008

I'm happy to report that I've received an advance copy of my new book "Postcard History Series: Springfield" from Arcadia Publishing and I'm quite pleased.

I'm also pleased to announce my first signing will be Sept. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Enfield, CT. I think I will be giving a quick talk and then, hopefully, sell some books.

I'm eager to set up a signing in the city, but the question is where and how – we have no independent bookstore. The only new bookstore we've got now is the Walden's at Eastfield Mall and they are not in the habit of hosting authors.

Any ideas?


Mark Martin said...

Haven't you learned anything from your previous publishers? Signings do not sell books!

(winky emoticon here)

Heather B said...

Why not try a book signing at someone's home working with a group like the Springfield Preservation Trust or a few neighborhood councils?

Congrats and good luck.

Josh said...


Also, I think you should have a signing at HQ

Moviezzz said...
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brasscity said...

Being a fellow arcadia postcard
book author I would contact the
local historical society as well
as the springfield public library in regards to a signing. In my
professional life I am a librarian
and we are always on the lookout for local authors to make appearances.

Another source could be a local
postcard club for a signing.

Our local Barnes and Noble doesn't
have local author signings too. We
went to a local Waterbury independent bookstore for a signing. We were treated like

John W.
Waterbury, CT

SRBissette said...

Congrats, Mike!

Mark, as I can report from experience at First Run Video -- where we did a number of filmmaker signings -- though turnout may be low, the ripple effect would carry into two and three weeks (of steady rentals/sales of the videos by, or featuring, the guests). The single most immediately successful signing, with a touring pack of wrestlers, brought in tons of folks but sparked almost no rental/sales.

Bookstores and videoshops are light years apart, but judging by the conversations with local bookshop owners hereabouts and in southern VT, the same holds true for bookshops: 'success' was never measured by immediate turnout, but longterm ripples in sales/interest. People hear and read about the event, and that's enough to spark sales for a few weeks thereafter.

Stick with it, Mike, and good luck with the new book!