I was in fourth grade the first time I ever got a book that had been signed by the author. Children’s author Barbara M. Joosse had come to visit our school to talk about writing (and I even got to work with her on my own story). At the end of her visit, I was so excited that we got a signed copy of her book Anna, the One and Only. I still have it!*
I also autographed my very first book that same year. As part of Barbara Joosse’s visit, our school held a book fair. Students each got to sell copies of books they had written (they cost something like 10¢, but still, it was the first time I had ever sold a book!). My book had the catchy title, “Enemies Are Friends.” My parents, of course, bought a copy, and I signed it for them. I still have that one too!
Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to sign hundreds more books. For several years, I wrote children’s nonfiction, and one of my joys was visiting schools to talk about writing. And of course, the students always wanted to purchase signed books. It was so fun to give them their books and watch them read what I had written to them. I always liked to think of the possibility that maybe, just maybe, one of them might be sparked to want to write (and sign!) their own books after that, the same way I was after Barbara Joosse’s visit. (It was also fun to have kids who hadn’t ordered a book come up to me with a piece of paper and ask for my autograph—it made me feel like a celebrity. A celebrity with a crayon sometimes, but still.)
Although I no longer write children’s nonfiction or visit schools, I still have the delight of signing books. Nearly every month, I give away a signed book from one of my series in my newsletter (you can sign up here if you don’t already subscribe!).
And I’ve also recently decided to offer signed paperbacks through my own online store. The best part is, I can actually offer them at a lower price than an unsigned paperback from Amazon! If you’re interested, you can check them out at Boddens’ Books & Such. Why “& Such”? Well, you can find not only my books at the store, but also bookish art inspired by quotes from my books and designed by my husband. We also have other fun book-inspired art, as well as journals and even Hope Springs and River Falls postcards!
Since signed books make a great gift for the reader in your life (or yourself), I did a little digging to see if any other CCR authors offer signed books. So far, I’ve found that Mandi Blake does—and right now she has a big sale going on! You can check out her store here.
Now I need your help. Do you know of any other Christian romance authors who offer signed books for purchase? If so, please let us know in the comments. And if there’s an author you’d like to purchase a signed book from but you can’t find a way to order one, you can always contact them directly to ask if it’s possible. Whether or not they have one available, I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to hear from you.
What about you? Do you have any signed books on your shelf? Did you win them, purchase them online, meet the author in person? If you don’t have any, who would you love to have a signed book from?
*I went looking for my copy of Anna, the One and Only after I wrote this post and discovered something: it’s not signed to me but to my sister! Since she apparently didn’t want it (why else would it be on my shelves, right?), I’m going to call it my first signed book anyway (after all, we’re sisters, so we always share).