SISTERHOOD OF DUNE Tour Primer: What Happens at a Book Signing?

I get a lot of questions from people interested in coming to one of our booksigning events.  I’ll try to answer the most common ones below, so you know what to expect if you attend a signing.  The SISTERHOOD OF DUNE “double tour” starts on Tuesday Jan 3, with my appearance in Denver and Brian’s appearance in Seattle.  For anyone interested in coming to hear us talk and get their books signed, this is what you can expect.

Brian and I are embarking on our tours at the same time, but hitting different cities around the US to cover twice as much territory.  This gives us a chance to meet the fans, chat with them and answer questions, autograph their books.  At a book signing, I will give a talk about the new book and some of our other projects, maybe describe the life of a writer, how we came to be bestselling novelists. (Some authors like to do a reading from their novels, but we’d rather have a chance to give the fans something fresh…and besides, author readings are often boring!) I’ll answer questions from the audience, then move on to signing books. Depending on the size of the crowd, some stores give out tickets or numbers; don’t worry, I will stay until everyone has all of their books autographed. Brian does the same thing.

Here are some common questions we get:

Do you charge for your autographs?

No. You’ve already bought the book, and we hope you’ll enjoy it enough to try some of our other titles.

Do I have to buy the new book?

No. While this tour is to promote the release of Sisterhood of Dune, we are in the business of developing a base of readers who will follow our work, not just to sell a few extra copies of one particular title. (We are, of course, very happy if you buy the new book!)

Will you sign your other books?

Yes, Brian and I will each sign any of our other novels.

Can I bring my old books from home?

Yes. I’ve published over 100 novels over more than 20 years; you are welcome to bring in any copies you have on your shelves, no matter how battered they may be. Please bear in mind, however, that the bookstore hosting the event is the one who sponsored the signing, so as a courtesy it would be polite if you purchased some item from the store, even just a paperback.

Do you have a limit on how many you’ll sign?

No. We will each stay until we’ve taken care of everyone. Out of consideration to other people in line, though, we limit the number to 4-5 at a time, and then you can go back through the line as many times as you like…or just wait until the crowd has died down and then come up.

We will personalize the books, if you wish. (This takes a lot longer, however, so try to limit to only a few personalizations, or wait until the end.)

Can I take a photo?

Yes, you are welcome to take photos of us, or with us.

The only thing we sometimes avoid is shaking hands—signing so many books, day after day, tends to make our wrists and hands sore, and shaking hands exacerbates that. We’ll probably do a “fist bump” instead.

I will be in Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dayton, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, and Houston.  Brian’s leg of the tour takes him from Seattle to Portland, Sacramento, Redondo Beach, Pasadena, San Diego, then up to Bellingham (WA) and Vancouver (BC).  Click here for a full tour schedule.

And if you haven’t yet seen it, click to watch the new SISTERHOOD OF DUNE book trailer.