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April 9th, 2008

WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL SIGNING?

I can't wait to attend the Poconos Retreat! This will be my fourth year in a row. There are so many revisions I had hoped to finish before I leave Thursday morning. I'm not sure if I'll have all of them ready, but I'm making great progress. I also sent some new hope out. I love when amazing editors ask to see more work :)

I attended Dorian Cirrone's signing for her YA, PROM KINGS AND DRAMA QUEENS. Wow! I was impressed by the way she worked themes from her book into the signing. The bookstore was packed...and couldn't seem to place copies of her book out fast enough.

It made me wonder what makes a successful signing. I've heard several tips--such as trying to find a teacher who will offer extra credit to students who attend. (Tip number two is not to give the proof of attendance until AFTER you speak). Do you think listing information on a website or blog helps much? I'd love to know any other suggestions you have.

Here are a couple photos from Dorian's signing. I brought my daughters with me, and they had a wonderful time (and can't wait to attend more).



Here's a link to a review I wrote of PROM KINGS AND DRAMA QUEENS: http://mindyalyse.livejournal.com/44204.html?nc=22
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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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