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Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 03:26 AM
While raising two kids, sending out a half dozen resumes, organizing two writing workshops and writing and submitting three children's stories just this week alone, I've also been stewing on what exactly a talented writer/poet writes in their first anthology piece. Something poetic...something funny...something inspiring...something humourly poetic and inspiring. I've been thinking of searching the internet, the bible, the newspaper, trying to find that perfect something to write on my single, solitary page.

My poem is called Just Believe and it is meant to inspire people to believe in themselves.

So when I sit down at the front of a long line of anxious fans holding their breath anticipating a real, authentic, genuine autograph by such a famous artiste as myself (ahem), I would like to sign something other than, well, my name.

Perhaps "Believe"..."Never Stop Believing"...."Just Believe".

Anyway, I thought I'd start a thread to find out what you all are signing for your anxious fans. It'll be fun to see what comes out of you lot! :)

kim

Moondancer
10-05-2005, 03:33 AM
Gee... I hadn't thought about it. The very thought that someone would want my autograph has me stuttering and sinking into a dark corner hoping to go unnoticed.

Robin Bayne
10-05-2005, 03:56 AM
I try to autograph a book by saying something that relates, and I like to have fun with it.

For example, when I signed "The Will of Time," a time-travel romance, I signed, Thanks for travelling through time with me.--Robin Bayne

For my first inspirational romance, I signed, Hope all your romances are inspired.

For my romance "Charity's Prisoner," I signed, May you be a prisoner of love.

For a novella in an anthology called "Shifters," I signed something silly like,
Hope this story shifts you into a good mood.

Haven't used it yet, but for my current book "From Now On," I should sign something like, Hope you enjoy my books, from now on.
:)

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 03:59 AM
I think we all feel that way!! :) The local news radio station sometimes interviews local authors, as done a local tv station. If I have to do an interview, I'm hoping that they're going to tell me all of the questions far in advance so I can come across as more than a studdering, stammering embarassment to the literary world.

Ideally, I would love to just sit back and watch everyone do the publicity without me....maybe point the Ottawa media to the American media when I absolutely must and only in an email. However, I was born with a tremendous amount of guilt and, as the only writer in Canada's capital, if I were to take that backseat approach, I probably would feel really bad knowing that there was a huge market that was missed b/c of my pride (the second tremendous amount of something I was born with). I would love to tell ChunkyC that I can't approach radio/tv media b/c I have a cold (cough) and a sore elbow and toe (I really do, actually, from a terrible parked-bicycle accident).

So, I will; and the more prepared I am, the more comfortable I will feel (maybe). ;)

kim

rtilryarms
10-05-2005, 04:00 AM
"The more you donate the more I'll write"
"Mine is better than [_______]" (pick one)
"So what if you never heard of me. shuddup!"
"Why did I write? Are you kiddin', check out all the babes around me."
"Ray is a guy."
"No, I will not write that about your husband"
"Yes, I will write that about your wife"
"Yes, I will write that about my wife"
"Chuncky is a guy too"

biotales
10-05-2005, 04:07 AM
"Mine is better than [_______]" (pick one)...
Oh RT... I have the answer to that one....
see below...
"Mine is better than RT's"
or
"Mine is better than everyone's"
:ROFL: :kiss:
gosh I am getting good at this...

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 04:10 AM
:ROFL:

maestrowork
10-05-2005, 04:16 AM
"Now I've signed this, will you not bug me anymore?"

awatkins
10-05-2005, 04:47 AM
If someone wants their book personalized, be sure to smile and ask, "And how do you spell your name?"

Some names, mine for instance, might throw you. (Is that Anne with an E or no E?) Not that I'd know from experience or anything. I'm just sayin'. :ROFL:

Who knew there were so many Es in Vinnee??

maestrowork
10-05-2005, 04:50 AM
People always spell my name wong.

ChunkyC
10-05-2005, 04:51 AM
My initial response to any request for an autograph will probably be, "You're kidding, right?"

rhymegirl
10-05-2005, 05:01 AM
How about signing it: Love and Kisses! (Your Name)

Yeshanu
10-05-2005, 05:04 AM
Why not sign it, "Stay Strong!"

Shwebb
10-05-2005, 05:04 AM
You mean people might actually want my name signed on a piece of paper for something other than paying bills?

Maybe I ought to put more into signing my checks. Instead of just putting my signature on 'em, perhaps I'll put something like, "Don't ever stop being you!" right above my name.

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 05:09 AM
People always spell my name wong.

:ROFL:

*snort*

...breathe.....phew!...funny...

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 05:17 AM
You mean people might actually want my name signed on a piece of paper for something other than paying bills?

Maybe I ought to put more into signing my checks. Instead of just putting my signature on 'em, perhaps I'll put something like, "Don't ever stop being you!" right above my name.

:ROFL: ...hilarious! And include an "x" and "o" for good measure!


Rhymegirl, I just happened to watch the Hitch-hiker's Guide last night....did you steal that "Love and Kisses" idea from Zaphod?! :)

kim

Vanessa
10-05-2005, 05:18 AM
Love Isn't Blind =(title of piece)
Thanks
- Signature -

Sarita
10-05-2005, 05:31 AM
Don't call me a Vulcan. -Sara Spock

rhymegirl
10-05-2005, 05:49 AM
Rhymegirl, I just happened to watch the Hitch-hiker's Guide last night....did you steal that "Love and Kisses" idea from Zaphod?! :)

kim

:ROFL:
Ha! You got me! I watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a few weeks ago. I loved that part where he signed a document to blow up earth with Love and Kisses, thinking he was signing an autograph for someone.

MarkPettus
10-05-2005, 06:27 AM
Room 814, The Hilton, 10ish?


Would a Tic-Tac have killed you?


Please notify the authorities. I'm being forced to do this against my will.

September skies
10-05-2005, 06:55 AM
I guess I would sign something related to the title. Unfortunately, I never had to sign a book......though I did sign my first newspaper magazine article with "Never give up on your dream," (it fit the story and fit my personal motto)

sthrnwriter
10-05-2005, 08:42 AM
:ROFL:
Ha! You got me! I watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy a few weeks ago. I loved that part where he signed a document to blow up earth with Love and Kisses, thinking he was signing an autograph for someone.

:ROFL: You could always take the Daryll Lee Cullum from Copycat approach and sign it with "Wet and sloppy kisses" instead.

rtilryarms
10-05-2005, 01:47 PM
Room 814, The Hilton, 10ish?


Would a Tic-Tac have killed you?


Please notify the authorities. I'm being forced to do this against my will.

I might steal one or two of these.

Christine N.
10-05-2005, 03:18 PM
I have no idea. I don't even know how I'm going to sign my OWN book when it comes out, let alone this one. My story is "The Light"... maybe "Stay bright"? LOL

The short story is about a person trapped in a cave... maybe "I've fallen and I can't get up"? No. Maybe not.

PattiTheWicked
10-05-2005, 04:30 PM
"Save this book so that when I'm really famous you can auction my autograph off on E-bay.

Smooches,

patti"

Alphabet
10-05-2005, 05:30 PM
Not to throw another one on the fire, but - sizzzzzllllle - Where on the page are you all going to sign? Base right? Top left? Above the title? Below? Across the front cover (hee heee!!)? It is not the sort of thing that should be decided on the spur, I think.:popcorn:

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 05:48 PM
Not to throw another one on the fire, but - sizzzzzllllle - Where on the page are you all going to sign? Base right? Top left? Above the title? Below? Across the front cover (hee heee!!)? It is not the sort of thing that should be decided on the spur, I think.:popcorn:

I am probably going to sign on my own page. With 115 writers, if the reader wants to seek multiple signatures, who am I to hog the front page?!

When I seek the autographs by everyone, it'd be nice to have the signature right on the story, so that, when I flip through, I can see the writers that I am missing.

kim

ChunkyC
10-05-2005, 06:52 PM
I like Ruth's suggestion of "Stay Strong" and Vanessa's suggestion to put the title of your own story/essay/poem.

I am probably going to sign on my own page. With 115 writers, if the reader wants to seek multiple signatures, who am I to hog the front page?!
I was wondering about that too. I know there's an 'official spot' for an author to sign their own books, but this is different. I think if I'm fortunate enough to be asked, I'll follow Kim's suggestion since it is entirely possible that someone may get multiple autographs, especially at a session like Ray & Ken and friends are setting up.

Moondancer
10-05-2005, 06:59 PM
Since there are only two of us here, I just have to worry about how big biotales' handwriting is. I might be stuck with a teeny tiny corner left for mine... would make it easy to think of something to write in that case, wouldn't it?

Kim Gogo
10-05-2005, 07:22 PM
The only reason I'm hesitant about using "Stay Strong" is that Matt might want to use it for his own piece....and I'm not sure if I'd be stealing his fire....

I think I might stick to "Never stop believing...." because it's based on the theme of my piece.

kim

ChunkyC
10-05-2005, 07:31 PM
That's a cool idea too, Kim -- look for a short phrase in your own piece that would work in an autograph.

'nother hint I heard of for signing sessions ... put out a bowl of mints or hershey's kisses. Even a free piece of candy could get someone to come over.
Another writer who's name escapes me right now wrote in Writer's Digest that he got far more action around his signing table when he stood in front of it instead of sat behind it (off to the side a bit so you don't block view of the book itself). He felt the table might've been forming a barrier between him and the people walking by and his experience seemed to bear that out.

rtilryarms
10-05-2005, 07:49 PM
Keep the strength, pass it on.

Robin Bayne
10-05-2005, 07:50 PM
'nother hint I heard of for signing sessions ... put out a bowl of mints or hershey's kisses. Even a free piece of candy could get someone to come over. .


Yes! Always have candy on your signing table! When the little kids come grab a piece the parents usually follow. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

The best signings I've had are when I arrange them and invite the most famous local author(s) I know. Local stores prefer events with someone famous and are more willing to help coordinate these events. For example, I like to invite well-known romance author Mary Jo Putney to be my lead author, and then add more Maryland area authors. Mary Jo likes it because she doesn't have time to set up her own events, and the other authors get the extra attendees that Mary Jo draws.

Also, you can mix genres. When our Strength book comes out, I will arrange a signing and have my own books, the Strength anthology, and invite 5-6 other authors of various genres--one guy writes mysteries, one woman writes straight historicals, one writes both romance and children's books, etc. We have a variety of subgenres within romance too-- for example, we sometimes have Christian authors sitting next to vampire/erotic romance authors. It all works well--you never know who might buy your book as a gift, even if it's not their cup of tea.

So my point is to try and set up group signings in your area and have copies of the anthology in front of you. Oh, and right before the holidays book buyers will scarf up extra copies of books that make good gifts!!

ChunkyC
10-05-2005, 08:25 PM
Fabulous idea, Robin!

I know of at least two authors in my area with books to flog that might be into doing a 'tour' with me around the local area. This is another thing we can work on setting up while we wait for the book to be finished, especially for those of us in places too far away from other SoS authors.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticonbanana.gif<< me gittin' excited all over again!

Ken Schneider
10-05-2005, 08:36 PM
I plan to sign my page, with the sig I use on my own book, to include the date.

The booksignng is set for the 12th of Nov.

I think we'll have the press conference in the last week of Oct.

I want to make sure that the customers have time to place, the store has time to order, and then receive the books.
The store is taking pre-orders and ordering 30 extra. We'll see how the time line goes, but, this is the best date until Dec. They have other events in Nov.

In promo there is a fine line between when the event is announced, and when the signing would be. Too much time and people forget, not enough and attendance suffers.

We should do well since we'll be on T.V. too.

Ken

rtilryarms
10-05-2005, 09:02 PM
I think I'll stand in line with the babes and just flirt.

biotales
10-05-2005, 09:33 PM
Since there are only two of us here, I just have to worry about how big biotales' handwriting is. I might be stuck with a teeny tiny corner left for mine... would make it easy to think of something to write in that case, wouldn't it?

Try a small x.... it might fit
heheeheheheh

Moondancer
10-05-2005, 09:38 PM
*thinks* perhaps I need pens in various colors to make sure i can contrast.

Robin Bayne
10-05-2005, 11:26 PM
Fabulous idea, Robin!

I know of at least two authors in my area with books to flog that might be into doing a 'tour' with me around the local area. This is another thing we can work on setting up while we wait for the book to be finished, especially for those of us in places too far away from other SoS authors.
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticonbanana.gif<< me gittin' excited all over again!


:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

Alphabet
10-05-2005, 11:51 PM
I couldn't possibly have a bowl of candies on the signing table - just let there be three minutes between attendees and the contents of that bowl would start to shrink!!! And I'd start to expand!!! Do you think cherry tomatoes would be a crowd puller instead? I'd still eat them at the first absence of anything else to do but it wouldn't be nearly so bad for me.
So, Any other ideas for good foods for the signing table? :popcorn:


Hey.. whatabout popcorn?

biotales
10-05-2005, 11:58 PM
:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
Inspie do not take this personal.... and I even like you and I am proud to be in the book with you... buttttttttttttttttttt
GET RID OF THOSE ------- DANCING BANANAS....
thank you for your time... and consideration concerning this subject.

ChunkyC
10-06-2005, 01:02 AM
NANA NA NA
NANA NA NA
HEY HEY HEY
GOOD-BYE

sorry, couldn't help myself. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

Shwebb
10-06-2005, 01:03 AM
Hey.. whatabout popcorn?

Taffy--saltwater taffy.

mdin
10-06-2005, 01:35 AM
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biotales
10-06-2005, 01:45 AM
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Navigator I Love You.... RT wants to have your babies....
kisses and hugs....

biotales
10-06-2005, 01:47 AM
NANA NA NA
NANA NA NA
HEY HEY HEY
GOOD-BYE

sorry, couldn't help myself. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

You are kissing just this side a trouble ya know....
heheheh

Robin Bayne
10-06-2005, 03:39 AM
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Banana pudding!!!

JennaGlatzer
10-06-2005, 08:24 AM
Where's Julia? We once fought the good fight to save the unfairly-despised dancing banana together.

Poor banana.

Kim Gogo
10-06-2005, 04:02 PM
Where's Julia? We once fought the good fight to save the unfairly-despised dancing banana together.

Poor banana.

They already have a complex...are they a fruit? are they a starch? Who knows?! As my grandma used to say....Poor wee pet

Though, they make very good monkey tails.....and popsicles.....yum!

biotales
10-06-2005, 04:05 PM
Where's Julia? We once fought the good fight to save the unfairly-despised dancing banana together.

Poor banana.

Hummmmmmmmmm Jennifer... your not taking sides on this issue are you...

Robin Bayne
10-06-2005, 08:21 PM
They already have a complex...are they a fruit? are they a starch? Who knows?! As my grandma used to say....Poor wee pet

Though, they make very good monkey tails.....and popsicles.....yum!


To be honest I avoid them. . . am on a low-carb diet. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteShrug.gif

Shwebb
10-06-2005, 08:24 PM
They already have a complex...are they a fruit? are they a starch? Who knows?! As my grandma used to say....Poor wee pet

Though, they make very good monkey tails.....and popsicles.....yum!

According to www.askoxford.com (http://www.askoxford.com):

Both. A banana (the yellow thing you peel and eat) is undoubtedly a fruit (containing the seeds of the plant: see answer regarding tomatoes (http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutother/tomato)), though since commercially grown banana plants are sterile, the seeds are reduced to little specks. However, the banana plant, though it is called a 'banana-tree' in popular usage, is technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or 'herb'), not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue.

:banana:

Robin Bayne
10-06-2005, 08:24 PM
Where's Julia? We once fought the good fight to save the unfairly-despised dancing banana together.

Poor banana.


Hey if I have some great smilies can we get them added to the board?

Kim Gogo
10-06-2005, 09:07 PM
I'm actually a green seedless grape kinda girl....they don't even have to be peeled. ;)

kim

Lady K'Lyssia
10-30-2005, 02:16 AM
I also try to sign something that relates to the story.

For my short Story Midnight Song I used "May You Always Have Love and Magic in Your Life"

Not sure what I'm gong to use for this story - will have to think on it.

Carol
www.carolhightshoe.com