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The More-Complete-Than-You-Need Checklist for Book Signings

Use this checklist before you head out the door to your book signing.
  • Name of bookstore, address, telephone number, map and directions, contact''s name
  • Binder with notes regarding arrangements with this store and notes from previous signings at this store
  • Extra copies of your book(s)
  • Notes and hand-outs for presentation
  • Tablecloth and small boxes to place under the tablecloth, making platforms to display your book
  • Pens and writing tablets
  • Scratch pad for spelling customers'' names before signing
  • Bookstands, name plate, name tag, signage
  • Poster with your photo and book cover and signs for cash register and/or help desk
  • Watch, breath mints, hand lotion, tissues, seat cushion, camera and film, candy and candy dish
  • Bookmarks or other giveaways
  • Excerpts or samples of your work for giveaway
  • Regional or local author stickers and autographed-by-author stickers
  • Business cards for you and your publisher
  • Order forms and praise sheet (endorsements) for your book, permission-to-quote form (for additional endorsements)
  • Flyers or brochures for upcoming appearances at workshops or conferences
  • Brochures or flyers for other books from your publisher

Check out Martin''s article on self-promotion

Paul Raymond Martin is the author of The Writer''s Little Instruction Book: 385 Secrets for Writing Well & Getting Published (Writer''s World Press 1998). Known as "a writer''s writer," he has published dozens of articles on writing and more than 200 stories, poems and nonfiction pieces. Among the awards he has won for his writing, Martin most treasures the Froggy statuette he was awarded by Scavenger''s Newsletter for his parody of a horror story, "Killer Frog at the ATM."

Why We Should Read Middle Grade Fiction as Adults

Why We Should Read Middle Grade Fiction as Adults

Young Adult fiction has surpassed its own demographic by being acceptable to read at any age. Why have we left middle grade fiction out of that equation? Here’s why we should be reading middle grade fiction as adults and as writers.

What Are the 6 Different Types of Editing?

What Are the 6 Different Types of Editing?

When you reach the editing phase of your manuscript, it's important to know what kind of editing you're looking for in particular. Author Tiffany Yates breaks down the 6 different types of editing.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Imayo Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the imayo.

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Print or Online Article First Place Winner: "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Print or Online Article First Place Winner: "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora"

Congratulations to Elaine Howley, first place winner in the Print or Online Article category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning article, "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "Jaguar Woman"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "Jaguar Woman"

Congratulations to Olga El, first place winner in the Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning TV Pilot script, "Jaguar Woman."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "won't you celebrate with me"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "won't you celebrate with me"

Congratulations to Nicole Adabunu, first place winner in the Non-Rhyming Poetry category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning poem, "won't you celebrate with me."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "She Lives in Underbridge World"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "She Lives in Underbridge World"

Congratulations to MF Slattery, first place winner in the Rhyming Poetry category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's the winning poem, "She Lives in Underbridge World"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Mainstream/Literary Short Story First Place Winner: "Tracks"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Mainstream/Literary Short Story First Place Winner: "Tracks"

Congratulations to Elizabeth Rosen, first place winner in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Tracks."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Genre Short Story First Place Winner: "A Brief Cameo"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Genre Short Story First Place Winner: "A Brief Cameo"

Congratulations to D. M. Ullrich, first place winner in the Genre Short Story category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's his winning story, "A Brief Cameo."