Book-signing event in Sydney
Our latest book-signing event, in Sydney on 9 August, was enormous! We took over the entire conference floor of the Pullman Hotel, and had authors spread over three conference rooms, as well as the corridor between. We had authors positioned in just about every nook and cranny!
Thanks to generous sponsorship from Brother Printers we were able to have the souvenir booklet again this year, and we also ran Author Bingo for the first time. This was very popular with both readers and authors, so we had no trouble giving away 10 prize bags. (Yes, 10 of them!)
We were also able to debut our new ‘I Read Romance’ bags, which made perfect prize bags.
In among our 88 signing authors were international guests Cherry Adair, Marie Force, Barbara DeLeo, Dani Collins, Jackie Ashenden, Louisa George, Maisy Yates, Rachael Herron, Sue Mackay and Sarah Wendell.
The authors outdid themselves with swag this year and many readers left with bags stuffed full of books and goodies. A special mention for Shannon Curtis and her inspired polish giveaways.
The line for entry to the signing was enormous. The signing was actually nearly half over by the time we had processed everyone and sent them into the signing. (Pre-register people, that’s all I’m going to say!)
We had about 130 readers through on the day, a little short of the record number we saw in Fremantle last year.
As you can imagine the setup for the signing took several hours, and then it all seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. A huge thank you to the ever-helpful Sydney ladies (Helen, Barbara, Laine and Lyn) for coming early to help us set up, and then staying to help with the packing up as well.
Thanks go to Harlequin for again supplying free books by their Mills & Boon authors—readers really love these. And thanks also to Mark from Your Bookshop for agreeing to be the bookseller at the signing. They did a fabulous job!