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Thread: Some advice on book launch etiquette

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    Some advice on book launch etiquette

    I have been invited to a book launch and don't quite know the protocol.

    Am I supposed to have bought the book and read it beforehand or is the practice to buy the book in the bookshop hosting the event on the day.

    I'm such a Philistine!

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    Re: Some advice on book launch etiquette

    Well I'd wait and see if you get a discount on the day. I would be irked to find out it after I'd paid full price, but then again it is probably on Amazon for 50% off!

    Suppose it would depend on what capacity you have been invited. I would not think that anyone is going to question you, but I would mug up on the author and any past publications. Just so that you can say something credible.

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    Re: Some advice on book launch etiquette

    A book launch is usually the author saying a few words and then giving a short reading. You aren't expected to have read the book beforehand or know anything about it. It will be on sale so you can buy it and have it signed by the author, but you don't have to.
    The audience at most book launches tends to be mainly friends and contacts of the author, unless it's someone particularly well known and it's been organised by their publisher.

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    Re: Some advice on book launch etiquette


    I've no idea, but would imagine, you would buy the book in the bookshop hosting the event (and get it signed??). Sounds a nice event anyway, so do enjoy.
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    Re: Some advice on book launch etiquette

    Thanks everyone, that's all good. I was worried that I would have toread the book first and I haven't got the time. I am happy to buy it and get it signed on the day.

    As it is, I have three books on the go. I am reading Tony Blair's autobiography, also a book about the troubles here in NI written by someone I went to uni with, Susan McKayand the most recent book by Colin Bateman, a local writer.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Some advice on book launch etiquette

    That was interesting, Shelbee. I don't think you need to read the book beforehand, buying it there is fine. It is a launch at the end of the day.. I would probably read it just to be in the know, LOL but only if I had time, I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
    Have fun and do report back, I've never been to one! xx

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