United Kingdom: Book Signing Etiquette/What to Expect

Waterstones, Birmingham New Street  – 7pm Tuesday, 25th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3 redeemable on the price of the book in-store.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Bristol Galleries – 1pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Forbidden Planet, London – 6pm Wednesday, 26th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Milton Keynes – 12 noon Thursday 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Nottingham Bridlesmith7pm Thursday, 27th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £5 / £3 with loyalty card.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone

Waterstones, Leeds – 12.30pm Friday 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Manchester Deansgate – 6pm Friday, 28th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – tickets £3.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? It is strongly preferred that copies of The Blinding Knife carry a Waterstones receipt (any Waterstones is fine and this rule is just for the new book).  If you pre-order The Blinding Knife at Waterstones before 13th September you get it for half price – just £7.50!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes but see above.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

FantasyCon, Brighton – all day Saturday, 29th September

Ticket required to participate in signing? Yes – you must be registered as a guest at FantasyCon.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Waterstones, Edinburgh West End – 6pm Tuesday, 2nd October

Ticket required to participate in signing? No – free event, un-ticketed.
Must purchase a book at host bookstore to get book signed? No, but it is encouraged to buy at the event as a thank you to the store and to make it possible for them to invite more authors in the future!
Fans can bring books from other stores to be signed? Yes.
Limit to books Brent can sign? No, but if you have loads of books we may ask you to wait until the end of the queue, or to just have a few signed at a time before queuing again – just to make sure he will have time to sign something for everyone.

Full details and ticket info is available for the Waterstones’ events are HERE. Details for the Forbidden Planet event in London is HERE. Brighton / FantasyCon information is HERE.

7 thoughts on “United Kingdom: Book Signing Etiquette/What to Expect

  1. brent says:

    Realized this post is a bit mis-labeled. For what to expect during the signing, you can read the first part of this post: http://www.brentweeks.com/news/2012/08/bookstore-signing-etiquette/ Mostly, I chat a bit, I read a chapter, I answer your questions, and then I sign your books. Except in the UK, I’ll do it all with a bit more class.

  2. Isabelle says:

    Do you buy tickets on the door?

  3. Caitlin says:

    *fangirl squee* OMG THANK YOU FOR COMING TO THE UK!!!!!!!!!!!! XD XD XD

  4. Isabelle says:

    Ah. Never mind, I found the link at the bottom of the post. 😛

  5. Shane says:

    Ah gowan Brent, swing by ireland for the craic?

  6. Ronald Forbes says:

    It is a shame… I pre-odrered the book elsewhere and the only place close to me would like me to get the book from there.

  7. Alderan says:

    I was lucky at the place I went (in Ohio) but ill say its worth it Ronald. I would have bought two books from them

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