Monday, August 18, 2014

Booksignings and Me - from Gail Gaymer Martin

Booksigning have changed, and I'll tell you why. Happy Monday from Gail Gaymer Maritn @

 When I first became published, I would jump hoops for opportunities to do book signings. Some were very successful and others were not, but meeting readers and getting to know the booksellers made it a worthwhile experience.
But times have changed, bookstores have closed, and they are no longer as eager to have local authors do signings in their stores. I decided not to jump hoops as I was willing to do years earlier, but I did decide that some opportunities would still be worth while. 

One in particular has become a yearly event that I will move the moon to be part of it. The event is Writers On The River, a book fair in Monroe, MI. Since it is close to Ohio too, I have a wonderful fan base in that area as well and have enjoyed the signings at the Monroe County Public Library. They invite thirty to forty novelists to participate.  Many of these writers are self-published local writers who have written books relating to the area, but some, like me, have publishers who distribute our novels all over the country and even internationally.

Recently I was invited to attend a four novelist signing at an independent book store called Blue Frog Books. I had to drive over an hour, but I accepted since I knew the other three Michigan authors and  I love to support independent booksellers. I enjoyed the event and was pleased to have 

Facebook friends show up as well as regular customers to buy our books. I will do this again, especially when independent book store owners invite me to participate. They do great promotion and appreciate the novelist participating in their event.  

The main book I promoted at the last signing is my recent release,
Treasures Of Her Heart, a romance mystery, available in both trade book and ebook.

What's It About?
Nikki Townley a fashion-buyer, looking for a life with deeper meaning, leaves her career and moves to a small, tourist town in northern Michigan to assist her ailing great-aunt Winnie in running her floundering antique business. There she finds herself caught in a mystery searching for her aunt’s missing fortune, facing an investment company in pursuit of her aunt’s property, and hoping to save long-distance romance with her faithful male friend Rob Moore, while struggling to escape her attraction to an exciting, smooth-talking womanizer.  Can she overcome temptation, locate the missing fortune and find the truth to the treasures of her heart? Will Rob wait for Nikki to make up her mind?



Jennifer said...

I would so love to attend book signings but most are so far away. Hopefully some authors might come through Lexington,Ky. The only that has been here is Virginia Smith.

Jackie Smith said...

I would love to attend book signings. Attended one several years ago and loved it. However, two signings last year either did not happen due to snow or I was ill that day. Maybe one day......sigh.
Yours looked like so much fun!

Keli Gwyn said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the signings, Gail. The best parts of signings for me are talking with readers and chatting with new writers looking for tips or encouragement. I'm happy to offer both.

Unknown said...

How fun, Gayle. It's interesting how we're adapting to the changing market. And you look great!