Today self-publishing and one-off online printing have made it possible for anyone to come out with a book, on just about any subject.
And while your masterpiece might not make The New York Times bestseller list, chances are someone, somewhere might be interested in reading it–and meeting you, too.
But between online book sellers and specialized publishing, experiencing a one-to-one interaction between author and reader can be a challenge.
You can still provide your loyal readers with a personalized copy, thanks to Virtual Book Signing.
Created by Variance Publishing along with author Jeremy Robison, the service provides the chance for fans to get signed copies of their books.
Authors provide a time, and fans sign up to meet up online through a Skype account.
Virtual Book Signing requires a computer-ready video camera and microphone, and obviously, you can’t actually shake hands. But your can sign your book while you’re chatting, and it’s then mailed out to the reader.
Each virtual book signing should last 3 to 4 minutes, which is longer than the time a fan would get after waiting in line.
Photo by jd.lewis.