Hello, beautiful readers! Welcome to Day 5 of the Calling All Grandmas Blog Tour with Harriet Hodgson! Harriet is a fabulous woman who cares greatly about the well-being of others. As part of this tour she is giving away a couple of Amazon gift cards simply for leaving a comment below.
GIVEAWAY: (2) $5 Amazon gift cards
Here is a piece from Harriet about autographing books. Enjoy!
Autographing Books Isn’t About a Signature
Autographed books sell better than those that aren’t. When I’m asked to autograph books I accept gladly. Being asked to autograph books is flattering, but that isn’t what autograph sessions are about. Rather, they are an opportunity to gather information and learn what people like, don’t like, need, and want.
What have I learned in my 43-year career?
Thick books can scare people. Many people don’t have the time to spend on a book that examines a topic in detail. I write books that are about 240 pages long, including the resource list and index. Some books are much shorter.
The cover can make or break a sale. Most of my books have photos on the covers and they extend, or bleed, to the edges of the book. I looked at more than 2,000 photos before I chose a cover for one of my books.
A casual approach works best. Many people think authors are going to pressure them. To avoid this trap, I ask people where they’re from and joke with them. This usually gets a conversation going.
Autographing is about listening. People have stories to tell, and I listen to them. Some stories are heartbreaking, some make me laugh, and some make me think. Talking with readers is fun.
Please keep these ideas in mind the next time you autograph a book. Amidst the hustle and bustle, amidst the conversation, you may find an idea for your first book or a sequel.
Thank you, Harriet, for sharing these tips with us. I'm curious if any of you have ever gotten an autographed book. What was your experience with the author like?
Please take a moment to check out The Grandma Force by Harriet Hodgson:
Becoming the grandmother of twins changed Harriet Hodgson and altered her life course. According to Hodgson, we live in a fast-paced, complex time, a time when too many grandchildren are victims of bullying, Internet scams, and sexual abuse. Hodgson believes that grandmothers are needed today more than any other time in history.
“Grandmas can’t be passive,” she declares. “Every grandma has the power to protect and guide her grandchildren and needs to tap this power.”
This narrative weaves Hodgson’s personal story with research findings. It’s packed with ideas for helping grandchildren. Hodgson’s age, child development degree, life experience, teaching experience, witness to history, and extensive research converge to make this an inspiring read. Working individually and together, grandmas are changing the world.
“The Grandma Force is about the power of love and the power of one,” Hodgson says. “One-by-one, grandmas are standing up for grandchildren and creating a hopeful future for them.”
Harriet Hodgson has been making books since she was eight years old. In her 43-year career as a freelancer, she has written 44 books and thousands of print/internet articles. Major publishers, such as Warner Books, John Wiley & Sons, and Hazelden, have published her work. Harriet loves writing so much she writes in her sleep.
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While I am not a Grandmother, I am intrigued by this book. I am all for supporting the idea of people recognizing their roles in the loving care of this world, which includes the world inside of ourselves.ReplyDelete
Caring for others is a universal value, and I'm sure this book focuses on that. I appreciate you stopping by, Annette. :-)Delete
Yvette, thanks so much for hosting Harriet today!ReplyDelete
It's my pleasure! :-)Delete
Hi Harriet. I just purchased my copy of The Grandma Force just now. Congratulations!ReplyDelete
Yvette, I think this might appear twice as I thought it went through before. Hopefully it won't. LOL!
Hi, Shirley! It just came through once. Thanks for supporting Harriet! :-)Delete
Thank you, Yvette, for sharing the blog tour for Harriett Hodgson. As a grandmother myself, I've seen a change in this generation, much of it brought about by social media. It's nice to see Harriet show how to make an impact.ReplyDelete
Every generation has shifted because of the technology introduced during its time. Luckily, we have people like Harriet to remind us of what is important. Thanks for supporting Harriet on this tour, Linnea. :-)Delete
Hi Lady Harriet, Hi Yvette,ReplyDelete
Lady Harriet, I could sing a song about listening to other people. I've found that out doing concerts here in Europe. After a concert, people crowd around me because they just want to talk to me and I have learned to listen. I've also discovered that they want to touch me, to see if I am real. I had to learn to get used to that and have given many hugs when I saw they were needed.
Thank you my dear Yvette also for hosting Lady Harriet today. Sorry, I'm late but when the post went up, I was sleeping.
Wishing both of you ladies a lovely weekend.
Your presence is always welcome on my blog, Pat! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. :-)Delete
Hi Yvette, what a lovely post. This book is a shout out to grans that support their families is meaningful ways. Great post from Harriet. She is inspiring.ReplyDelete
She is very inspiring. Thanks for stopping by, Rox! :-)Delete
Grandparents can have a vital role in the well-being of their grandchildren - physically, mentally, and, even more so, emotionally. This sounds like a wonderful book full of ideas and encouragement for these powerful relationships. Thanks so much for sharing Harriet's book, Yvette, and many congrats to Harriet. :-)ReplyDelete
I never had a close relationship with my grandmas, but I am beyond grateful that my mother is so close to my son. It makes a world of difference. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today, Diana! :-)Delete
Harriet is such an inspiration! Thank you for supporting her today!!ReplyDelete
It's my pleasure. She's a wonderful lady. I'm happy you stopped by to support her, Jan. :-)Delete
Thanks for supporting Harriet. :)ReplyDelete
It's my pleasure. Thanks for lending your support as well, Mark. :-)Delete
Hi Harriet, these are very good tips for books and marketing. Thank you for sharing them. Hi Yvette, thanks for hosting Harriet's tour.ReplyDelete
So happy you came by today, Robbie! Happy birthday! :-)Delete