Wednesday, July 21, 2010

And Now A Few Words From Your Co-Coordinator

It’s my blog slot this week.  I only have one, so this should be easy, right?  Except…well…I don’t blog.  I’ve tried and I always end up begging readers to let me tell them a story instead.  That means, after two fun and interesting blogs, you’re about to get some dull business from one of the tour coordinators.  But stick around and I might have something fun to give away at the end.

Questions, questions, questions…

We’re starting to get them, so I’m going to devote my blog slot to answering common ones.  And, no, “Why aren’t you writing a fourth Darkest Powers novel?" will not be one of them.  I do believe I’ve answered that one a few times.  Or a few hundred.  I’m now sticking my fingers in my ears and pretending not to hear.  Today, it’s all about the tour.

Q: Can you tell me how these events will work?
A: You show up.  You sit.  We talk.  We answer questions.  We sign books.  It’s going to be a standard format for all of them.  For more specific details, keep reading.

Q: Will we need tickets?
A: At this point, the tour isn’t a ticketed event for any venues. That may change.  If it does, you’ll find it noted on the Schedule page of our website here.  If any are ticketed, there will be no charge.  More likely, some stores will give out tickets for places in line, but not to restrict admission.

Q: Can I bring books from home?
A: That depends on the store.  We’ve asked them to provide details of any signing policies, which we’ll also post on the Schedule page here.  Some stores only allow you to get books signed if you purchased them there.  Some will allow a certain number of books from home for each one purchased.  If you are allowed to bring books, we know the stores would appreciate it if you bought a couple at the event.  It’s those sales that make signings worthwhile for them!

Q: How many books can I get signed?
A: We aren’t limiting the number per author.  However, to keep the line moving, we’re going to ask that you limit it to three items per author per trip through the line.  In other words, if you have more than three for one author, you can get three signed, then go back through the line for more.

Q: Can I get my picture taken with an author?
A: Yes, but it’s a little tricky.  We’re hoping the tables will be set up so you can come behind for a shot.  If not, we can lean over to be in a picture with a reader.  However, to avoid authors stumbling over one another—never a pretty sight—we won’t be able to come out from behind the table or do multi-author photos.

Q: Can I videotape or audiotape the event?
A: No.  At these events, we sometimes give away spoilers or advance news that we really don’t want showing up on YouTube.  It’s happened before, so we’ve instituted a “no taping” policy.  What happens at the events, stays at the events J

And a few general tour questions…

Q: Who are the Smart Chicks?
A: Not us.  Well, not me anyway. It’s a tip of the hat to both our characters and our readers.  We feel that all the authors on this tour write “smart chicks”—not necessarily kick-ass girls, but capable ones, and that’s what counts.  And, of course, a love of reading always improves grades, so we consider all our readers “smart chicks,” too.

Q: Why isn’t the tour coming to my town?
A: We had a huge wish-list of stops and an even bigger list of requests.  Some possible stops didn’t work out, either for the location or the timing.  And at twelve stops and nineteen authors, it’s already a massive tour.  Any more and we'd be too tired to write for the next six months.

Q: Why isn’t (insert author here) on the tour?
A: Pretty much the same answer as above. Some authors we hoped to have join us couldn’t make it, due to their own busy schedules.  And we had authors on our wish-list that we didn’t get a chance to invite.  Nineteen is a huge number to juggle.  Most group tours have three or four authors!

Okay, did you make it through that list?  Then you deserve a prize.  Or a shot at one anyway.  We’re in the midst of getting tour T-shirts printed and I’m going to give away two.  To enter, you can take the skill-testing route or cheat.

Skill testing: how many books can you take through the line, per trip, per author?

Cheat: Don’t want to actually read all the Q&A?  Ask a question not on the list (yeah, that means you kinda have to at least skim it first…)

Post your answer or question in the comments to enter.  On Sunday I’ll draw two names and notify the winners.

I'm a little late drawing winners, but I've done that and notified them (Louisse and ParanormalBites)  Now I'll answer the additional questions...


Q: Do authors mind signing something other than a book, such as a print-out of a collage of their book covers?
A: They won't mind.  We're very flexible.  I've signed everything from Kindle covers to body parts myself.


Q: Will you be available for any interviews with media and/or bloggers?
A: If it's arranged in advance and fits our schedule (which varies by city) we'll do our best.  Get in touch with us at info@smartchickskickit.com


Q: How long approximately do these events last?
A: It depends on the size of the crowd.  We answer questions for 15-30 minutes, then sign.  If you're near at the front of the line, you can expect to be out in an hour.  At the back...it may take a while.  If the line will be huge, the store often hands out tickets etc, so you can leave, grab a coffee, etc.


Q:  how many total books do all of you have published, if you add them all up?
A: Eek!  I'd embarrass myself if I guessed and got it wrong.  Many of us have multiple series, which makes it really tough.  I'll say "a lot." As for me, my 18th book just came out (today, actually!)


Q: Will the authors sign any books from their other series? Like Is Kelley A. only going to sign books from Darkest Powers, Or will she also sign books from her books Women Of The Other World? Also, If You take a picture with them, will they sign the picture? 
A: We'll sign anything with our name on the cover.  Yes to photos, too. 

81 comments:

  1. Three per author, per trip! Sign me up to win a tee please!!

    clderwee at gmail dot com

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  2. three items per author per trip through the line

    cariblogs (at)gmail(dot)com

    Great job on the blog post and I read it all :)

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  3. You can have 3 per author, and if you have more than 3 you can go back through the line with 3 more each time.

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  4. three items per author per trip through the line
    sportsDOTerikalynnATgmailDOTcom
    and i wish you guys were coming to NC

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  5. Skill Test Answer: Three books, per author, at one time. If someone wants more than three books signed, they can go through the line again for any author.

    Question not on the list: Do authors mind signing something other than a book, such as a print-out of a collage of their book covers? It's easier to frame than a book. ;)

    Thank you to everyone involved in pulling this off!

    - Heidi

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  6. 3 books per author per line up (you can go back in line again if you have more, woot!)

    Great post, I'm ready for ya!
    Thanks,
    Mel
    hefollowedme AT gmail DOT com

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  7. You can have 3 books per author per line but you can go back in line if you have more. :-)

    cfchok (@) gmail (.) com

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  8. 3 books per author per trip through the line.

    meow_mix85(at)hotmail(com)

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  9. Three books per author per trip through the line

    Julie

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  10. Three books per author on the first trip. You can go back in line again for more. :)

    skellington28210@yahoo.com

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  11. three per author, per trip through the line!!

    jennzahling@gmail.com

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  12. Three books on one trip, more if you'd like to stand in line again!

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  13. three books per author per trip through the line.

    mariannguyen16(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  14. 3 items/books per author, per trip thru the line.

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  15. Three books per author on each trip through the line

    sandramorgan67@gmail.com

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  16. Three books per trip, per author

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  17. Three books per trip and per author. If you have more books go back to the end of the line. :)


    louisse_ang(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. 3 books per author per trip. I'm coming back early from my holidays for this trip, so a Tshirt would make it all worthwhile.

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  19. Three per author, per trip! Enter me to win a t-shirt please (:

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  20. Three per person per trip. I'd love the tshirt. I've already called joseph beth to see if I can bring my already owned books. Thanks for th info.

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  21. Three items per author per trip through the line. A tour T-shirt, awesome!

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  22. Three per author that you want signed per trip through the line.

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  23. 3/author, if you have more you've got to go to the back of the line.

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  24. Three books per trip per author =)

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  25. Three per author per trip through the line.

    Here's a question: Will you be available for any interviews with media and/or bloggers?

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  26. Three per author per trip through the line. Thanks for the contest!

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  27. Three items per author per trip through the line, sign me up :)

    Awesomeness I can't wait for these events!

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  28. Three items per author per trip through the line.

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  29. Three books per author per trip in line. :)

    Thanks!
    Scoot

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  30. the answer is 3.

    looking forward to this event!

    stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

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  32. You can have 3 per author per trip. You can go through the line again if you have anymore than that. Thanks! Hope I win!

    jen72684@hotmail.com

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  33. Three books per author per trip in line. If you have more books, and have more time you can go to the back of the line and make it for round two :).. Oh and if the place IS going to let you bring a book from home, then please be nice and buy at LEAST one book from that store, ya know after all they ARE holding a free signing for all of us mega fans :) Sooo...... does this earn me a t-shirt?? ;)

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  34. gabanana@yahoo.com .. ya know just in case i win anything ;) from the comment I posted right above this one.

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  36. I'll be at the Cincy signing! Very excited because it's my first one ever :) Thanks for this post, will give me a chance to plan everything so it will go smoothly!

    How many books can you take through the line, per trip, per author?
    You can take three per author, per trip through the line and you can go through the line again if you have more than three for an author. :)

    claireellegirl@gmail.com

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  37. 3 per author per trip... then back to beginning and do all over again!

    Looking forward to Toronto (Brampton) stop... last one on tour!

    katycame@gmail.com

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  38. I'll be at the Cincinnati signing as well and it's my birthday which is part of why I want to go so badly.

    Three books per author per trip through the line and if there is time you can go back through.

    My question is how long approximately do these events last? I'm so excited!

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  39. 3 items per author per trip thru the line

    jpysgrl01 at yahoo dot com

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  40. I forgot to add my email address above.

    VanessaNoble@insightbb.com

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  41. Three items per author per trip through the line.

    grumpybybirth at gmail dot com

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  42. Three books per author per trip through the line.

    I read the whole Q&A so no need to cheat. But if I was a clever girl I could've just clicked the comment button and copied one of the 42 other identical answers. I didn't. And yes, I realize I just classified myself as the OPPOSITE of clever. Whatever. I want the t-shirt. Is that wrong?
    aurorasun@wideopenwest.com

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  43. Three items per author per trip through the line.

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  44. You are allowed three items per author per each trip through the line.

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  45. Three books/items, per author, per trip through the line.

    Can't wait until I get to see y'all in September!

    (hepzabah2222@gmail.com)

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  46. Three books per author for each trip through the line.

    pixxiepoetess@aim.com

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  47. Three books per author per trip through the line
    cdhall00(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. Three per author, if more, you got to get back in line and wait again! :D
    Haven't been to a signing, probably never will be, either. Not much of that exciting stuff in Sweden. :(

    (jaine.doe@gmail.com)

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  49. 3 books per author, then to the back of the line!

    mysticflame151@yahoo.com
    mysticflame151(at)yahoo(dot)

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  50. You can get 3 books signed by each author each time you line up. The is no limit to how many times you line up.

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  51. Hi Kelley,

    Fans can bring 3 books per author, per trip!

    admin@paranormalbites.com

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  52. 3 books per author per trip thru line

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  53. For every author you can bring 3 books per trip :) If you want more line up again for 3 more (and repeat as many times as desired)

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  54. 3!!!!
    I'm so excited ya'll are doing this. It's a wonderful idea, and I hope I can make it to a stop.

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  55. Hi, three books per author per trip in line. Thanks for the contest.

    warsoldier79 at yahoo.com

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  56. Hi Kelley,

    Three items per author per trip through the line. You can go through again if you have more :)

    CanadianDeeDee
    dtran357@hotmail.com

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  57. Three books per author per trip :) Thanks for all the tour info!

    laurenmcc3@gmail.com

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  58. Three items per author per trip! This is so exciting. September 14th can't get here fast enough.



    graceless@gmail.com

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  59. Three items per author per trip through the line! Thanks for all of the tour information, Kelley. :D



    brittany.silva08@gmail.com

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  60. Three items per author per trip through the line to get signed. Thanks for having the contest!!

    xsweeteternityx@hotmail.com

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  61. Three items per author per trip through the line. Thanks for answering those questions Kelley! It was helpful and greatly appreciated :)

    k8_a_723(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  62. A: Three items per author per trip through the line, but if you have more than three for one author, you can get three signed, then go back through the line for more.

    Whoot! Sign me up. :D

    Email: london.showers@gmail.com

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  63. Hi, Kelley! *waves*
    Greeting from the OWG! The answer to the question is 3 books, per author, per trip through the line.

    Can't wait to see you all in San Diego in September!
    Dannigrrl

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  64. You can take three books through the line, per trip, and per author.

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  65. It's more fun to ask a question that's not there: how many total books do all of you have published, if you add them all up?

    saramwrap AT livejournal DOT com

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  66. three books per author, per trip through the line


    please pick me! alooshka118@aim.com ---Ali--

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  67. You can take 3 books per author per trip through the line... but as many books as you like as long as you're willing to wait in line again!

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  68. 3 items per author per trip.

    monkeys_eat_bananas7@hotmail.com

    Rebecca.

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  69. 3 books per author per a trip through the line :)

    winchestergrl4@gmail.com

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  70. Skill Test Answer: 3 books for each author, but if you want more signed you have to go through the line again.

    Question:
    Will the authors sign any books from their other series? Like Is Kelley A. only going to sign books from Darkest Powers, Or will she also sign books from her books Women Of The Other World? Also, If You take a picture with them, will they sign the picture?
    Thanks :)

    addycoolmccool@yahoo.com

    Cant wait for the tour! :D <3

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  71. Three! Cannot wait for the tour!

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  72. Three books per line per author! I'm going to be going through the line a lot...:D
    See you in Toronto!

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  73. 3 books per author per trip in line.

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  74. 3 books per author each trip through the line. I am counting down the days!

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  75. Three books per author for each trip through line

    Kelley, you rock!

    Bea

    baconnors@yahoo.com

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  76. I was late drawing names, but I've done that now and notified the winners, plus edited the entry to answer the additional questions. Thanks to all who commented!

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