Online ebook signing - Do you like the idea?

Discussion in 'The Scribe's House' started by Richard Falken, Feb 14, 2016.

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Do you think the online signing event is a cool idea?

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  1. Richard Falken

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    Hello, Fantasy Forum.

    My publisher and I have recently scheduled an online book signing event. The idea is to replicate gatherings in which fans get to met the author and have their books autographed by the author. Since I cannot travel easily to the US, we came to a innovative compromise that works as follows:

    We are building a chat room. The idea is to gather my fans there (the same way you would gather your fans in a book store) and have them send me their electronic copies of the book, so I can write a personal autograph on them and issue a digital signature to prove it is authentic.

    It is actually just an excuse for getting to know the people and hang around on the Internet with the fans :) Do you think it is a cool idea?
     
  2. Overread

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    I'll be honest and say that a "digital signature" sounds kinda silly to me and that the signed editions won't hold the same "magic" nor market impact that real physical copies will. Indeed I would say that even if the signature is copy-printed a physical copy of the book would be superior when doing a signature.


    That said I think that:
    1) A personal message from the author - even in digital form -is a good idea and helps you connect with your fans overseas.

    2) That the idea of a chat environment, properly moderated, would be a fantastic thing especially if you don't normally maintain strong social media links for such uses.

    What you might consider is some signed physical copies as part of the setup. Perhaps a random prize or three that can be mailed out by the publisher or some such.
     
  3. Richard Falken

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    The problem with paper copies for mass distribution is that they don't exist in English yet. I'd love to do such a thing, but there are too many problems with that. The big one is that I'd have to convince my publisher to print the books in Spain, let me autograph and sign them, then send it to each reader -some of which are in Australia or Florida. I don't like the idea of copyprinted signatures... I absolutely want the autographs to carry my personal touch.

    My hardcore fans in Spain already have their autographed paper copies :) They are welcome to join and have some fun, still.

    The random prize idea sounds very salesman like. I preferred to keep it under a more informal tone. I still take note of it. You never know...
     
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    Well in a way part of being an author is being a salesman; though of course one has to have standards which one keeps to. Must admit I dislike limited edition print runs and random prizes and such ;but one cannot deny their effectiveness at boosting sales.
     
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    it sounds like an interesting idea, though I agree with OR that physical is always better. with that said, this might be how it works in a few years anyway, so those folks who have this would kinda be like the first bunch who could say that they have this. or at least amongst, not sure if this has ever been done before.

    I do like the idea of a chatroom sort of thing. I feel like that would be cool for people who aren't able to go actually meet the author in question (you in this case). could be something to keep in mind just to be able to reach out to your fans from time to time.
     
  6. S.J. Faerlind

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    I dunno...
    It's an interesting idea but I think if you're interacting with your fans in a chatroom, that's about as valuable to them as a "digital signature" or a personal message from you.
    The Goodreads site has the capability of doing something very similar to a chatroom idea and I've seen authors use it very successfully. Basically, they set up a "club" that fans of theirs can join (sometimes by invitation only) and the "club" acts very much like a forum. Michael Sullivan has one over there called "The Dark Room". His fans that have joined it can interact with him directly through the forum.
     
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    that's cool.

    I also know a few authors have forums on their websites

    and then there's facebook. one of my favorite authors is quite active on Facebook.
     
  8. Richard Falken

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    I don't like modern social media much, for many reasons. I am very old-school when it comes to computing in general. Besides, maintaining presence in any of those is harder than people thinks, at least if you want to publish meaningful content only.

    If I had a better network available, I would start thinking in setting up a retro-computing community with IRC, nntp and bulletin boards :)

    Besides, the point is doing something special that happens just one day. I already have a facebook page rotting away which is available 24/7.
     
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    hmmmm... what about an interview day? (Where your fans can log into a forum or chatroom and ask you questions?) I've seen that used pretty successfully over at Goodreads too.
     
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    You mean like a forum, like some fantasy focused forum with an active population who could welcome new members who come to also talk to and socialise with the author of works they like.

    I think I know a place like that ;)
     
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    OOOOO me too. I think, isn't it...
     
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    lol
     
  13. Richard Falken

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    Forums are nice, but if you just want to have a friendly trivial conversation, a live chat system such as IRC works a bit beter for me.
     
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    sounds interesting to me, i cannot use e books, my eyes do not focus and i am forced to highlight the line i'm reading
     
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    I would love to hear how the event goes. The idea is somewhat intriguing.
     
  16. Richard Falken

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    Well, you can always show up yourself and check how it goes :p
     
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    Touché! What's the date/time/online location?
     
  18. Richard Falken

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