The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse), and my novels (the most recent of which is Miracle Drug). I don't want to use the line I've come up with for the former--"Blessings"--for the latter. More importantly, I don't want to use the line with which I sign my novels--"Rx: Enjoy"--for the former.
Then there's the question of whether you're going to add a Scripture verse to your signature. For my book on getting past the death of a spouse, I chose the familiar passage from Romans 8:32-33. It's one I read and re-read during the days after Cynthia's death. For my novels, I use Psalm 139:1-5, a passage that includes the very important phrase that God knows the very words that come from my mouth (or my pen) even before I do.
That having been decided, I learned two things quickly. One is that a copy that's signed by the author is treasured more than an unsigned copy by some readers. To emphasize that, I ordered some stickers that I put on the front of signed books. These are available from numerous sources--just Google "signed by author stickers" or "signed book stickers" and check out the various sites.
The other lesson I learned after my first book signing is that it's best to have a number of books pre-signed. That way, all I have to do is ask, "Do you want this personalized?" Then I can add the name of the person--and always, always, always check the spelling--above what I've already written.
Although I'm not much of one for book-signings per se, I think signed copies--however they're put in the hands of readers--are important. But a bit of forethought helps in the process.
So what about you? Does a signed copy mean more to you? What's your feeling about a Scripture verse to accompany the signature? Any thoughts you'd like to share? Leave a comment. I'd like to know.
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