It's been just over a week since The Bone Season was published! Incredible.
This blog post is about signed books. Before I got published I had no idea that they were such a big thing, but I've been getting a lot of requests to sign copies of The Bone Season. Read on to find out more about how you can get your copy scribbled on.
First, don't pay a fortune
A signed, limited hardcover copy of The Bone Season from Goldsboro Books (which was specially embossed with numbers,) is currently being sold for a whopping £500 (approx. $770, A$860) on eBay. I've also heard of traders asking for £200 or more for signed hardbacks from the Edinburgh Book Festival.
Traders are perfectly within their rights to sell books for this kind of money, but remember, they only paid £20 for that book. I'd suggest, unless you particularly want an embossed Goldsboro edition, that you don't buy a 1st ed hardback from eBay – go out and buy one from your local bookshop, right now. You'll be supporting the people who have actually made the book, supporting the bookshop itself, and paying a hell of a lot less money.
How can I tell if I have a first edition?
Check the copyright page at the front of the book. If there is a 1 in the series of numbers, you have a first edition. In the US, it will also say 'First U.S. edition 2013'.
Places I've signed at
If you're in these countries and want to buy a signed first edition, you can check at the following bookshops, where I've recently signed stock.
Blackwell's Charing Cross | SOLD OUT
Goldsboro Books | SOLD OUT
Watermark Books, King's Cross | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Covent Garden | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Kensington | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Piccadilly | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Chesterfield | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Derby | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Doncaster | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Meadowhall | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Nottingham | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Sheffield | SOLD OUT
Waterstones Manchester (Deansgate) | SOLD OUT
Edinburgh Bookshop | SOLD OUT
Edinburgh International Book Festival | SOLD OUT
Blackwell's Oxford | Available to order | +44 (0)1865 792792
Dubray Books, Grafton Street | SOLD OUT
Easons, O'Connell Street | SOLD OUT
I'll be continuing to update this list, so keep an eye on it. If you ring any of these shops and they say they've sold out, I'd really appreciate if if you could let me know so I can strike them off. Thank you!
Getting yours signed
I know lots of you have already bought and read The Bone Season and would really like your hardback signed and personalised, and I also know that not all of you are able to reach one of the bookshops listed above. And I would love to sign them for you.
Although I'm very willing to sign books, I hope you'll understand that there needs to be a proper system in place for us to handle a large number of hardbacks, especially if they're being sent from overseas. Unfortunately, it's not quite as easy as Bloomsbury being able to sell signed books straight to buyers – their warehouse is run by a separate company, and the books distributed by Macmillan, so logistically it's not nearly as simple as it sounds. However, I'm very grateful to my readers for being so dedicated, so I'm pleased to say that Bloomsbury and I have come up with a trial system for getting your books signed.
The strategy Bloomsbury has come up with is that hardbacks are sent in to the office, collected for a few weeks, then I sign them all in one sitting. This first signing session is open until 30 September 2013, so hardbacks must have arrived at Bloomsbury's UK office by that date. If all goes well, we'll hopefully do one again in the near future.
So, what do you need to do?
Books should be sent to the following address:
50 Bedford Square
What to include:
Along with the book, please enclose a note detailing what message or name you'd like in the hardback as well as my signature (some people like me to write a line from the book, for example). Make sure names are written clearly, in block capitals, so I don't spell them incorrectly.
Important: You must also include a stamped addressed envelope that will cover the full costs of postage for the book to be sent back to you.
Please read the note below from Bloomsbury carefully before you send your book:
- Bloomsbury is not responsible for returning any books where a stamped addressed envelope covering full postage hasn’t been provided.
- Bloomsbury cannot accept responsibility for any copies that are lost in the post, misdirected or that aren’t received by Bloomsbury for any reason
- Only copies received by Bloomsbury by 30 September 2013 will be signed by Samantha Shannon.
- Any copies that arrive after 30 September will be returned to the sender, provided that a stamped addressed envelope covering full costs of postage is enclosed.
- Samantha will sign the copies on a date at the start of October. You will receive your book by the end of October 2013.
I hope that all sounds okay! If this trial works out, we will hopefully do another in the future. In the meantime, get sending!