Autographed Copies of My Books
Friday, January 16, 2009
Over the past many months, I have signed literally thousands of my books. Each one of my public events ends with a book signing, and I'm always amazed and honored by how many people will stand in lines up to three hours long just to get my John Hancock. Err, make that my John Grogan. Whenever I visit a bookstore I sign whatever they have in stock for those who were unable to attend one of my signings. Yet still I receive a steady stream of requests through my email here at johngroganbooks.com for signed copies of my books. Many ask if they can mail me books with return postage for me to sign and send back. For some time, I tried to accommodate as many of these requests as possible, but I just couldn't keep up. There were times when my dining room table was covered in chest-high piles of books waiting to be signed, packaged and mailed. I'm always happy to sign my books, but it became obvious we needed a better system.
That's when I turned to a local independent bookseller near my home and asked for help. The Moravian Book Shop in the heart of historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, bills itself as the oldest continuously operated bookstore in the world. Opened in 1745 a few doors from the campus of even-older Moravian College, it is still going strong and one of my favorite places to kill an hour browsing. The friendly staff there agreed to handle orders for signed books, and as of today are officially ready to start mailing them out to anywhere in the world. I plan to stop in every few weeks to sign more books as needed and to add any personalizations that are requested.
Thank you, Moravian Book Shop!, for simplifying my life. It will be good to get my dining room table back. And thank you readers for continuing to not only buy my books but want them signed, as well. I'm forever humbled and flattered. (A special thank you to my agent, Laurie Abkemeier, for putting this arrangement together.)
To order a signed book, go to http://www.moravianbookshop.com/ and follow the directions on the home page.
You can also get there through my "About John" page here at johngroganbooks.com. (See tab above.)
Finally, a slightly belated Happy New Year to everyone. And a slightly early Happy Inauguration Day!
posted by John Grogan at 1:09 PM