Friday, October 16, 2009

Chocolate Giveaway: Week #4

This week I'm giving away the chocolate that I use to lure people to my table at book signings: a variety of Dove chocolates! Plus, a signed copy of Jungle Crossing and a bobble-head turtle.

Chocolate Tidbit: Only four ancient Mayan books made of bark paper survive (the Spanish burned their libraries). But one of the most beautiful books known as The Dresden Codex shows pictures of gods seated next to bowls heaped with cocoa beans.

To enter this week's contest, leave a comment at www.mybignose.blogspot.com about what would make you talk to one of those lonely book signing authors! Is chocolate enough?

The contest will end on Friday, October 23rd at midnight.

11 comments:

  1. Sure chocolate is good, and I mean trust me I would not turn away chocolate, but I think the author/book is enough. I love getting to go to author signings, not that many happen in Michigan, or atleast near me, so when there is one I jump on the chance. Especially if I liked the book or thought the book sounded really good. So thats just my personal opinion, but I think the author is enough. :)

    -Dani

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  2. I would talk to one of those lonely book table authors if they...wore a funny hat. (Yeah, ok, not really. I just want the turtle.)

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  3. I'd say giveaways or raffles, something extra to draw people in. Of course the biggest problem to this issue is that I never hear when authors are coming to my local bookstores? Do they only post the author signings in their windows? They need to find a better way to get the word out.

    - Scott

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  4. Chocolate is always good, but I have to say it depends on how friendly/happy the author looks. These days I always stop because I say to myself, "I hope others to that for me if I ever get published!" But before my writing days started, it was definitely personality that won me over.

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  5. Being an author myself -- and having sat all alone at a table (cringing on the inside, I might add) while the author next to me had a long line out the door, I'd say a courageous smile is often enough to get me to stop and chat. But a turtle bobblehead.....now that's something! HA!

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  6. Chocolate helps, but stalking buyers in the aisles WITH your book and chocolate in hand is better. :D

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  7. Chocolate would be an incentive for me. I 'm pretty shy in person and dont ask any questions during author signings. I usually just get my book signed and leave.

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  8. A true and warm smile and an aproachable attitude could do the trick for me=)
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

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  9. Chocolate would be a much-appreciated bonus, but I'm shy enough that I'd rarely approach an author whose work I hadn't read because I wouldn't have anything to say. A sign along the lines of "ask me about ..." (something related to the book, but not something that would require me to have already read the book) or a sign asking a question might make me more likely to approach an unfamiliar author.

    (No need to enter me in this giveaway, since I've already been a winner.)

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  10. I like ikkinlala's suggestion -- a sign like that would be a great conversation starter, especially if it's a quirky question. Something that hints at what the book is about and the potential audience would be great, too (so a customer might stop and think -- hey, that might be good for Aunt Lila!). But the biggie is always just getting the word out -- flooding your email list and getting an announcement or press release in the newspaper helps tremendously.

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  11. I'm shy, I'd need a good reason... chocolate is GOOD... I think for me if they allowed you to bring in a pet that is always an easy conversation starter. Probably not too practical though!

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