I went to a lot of book signings the past week during the week of BEA. Fabulous authors came to NYC and I attended the book signings I was very interested in. As a result, I got tons of books signed. It was a very busy and tiring week, but worth it.
The thing is, when I ask the many authors to sign my books, I rarely ask them to personalize it for me, aka include my name. I got about 22 books signed and only got 7 of them personalized, one of them accidentally. (The author already wrote “For” before I could tell him/her that I just wanted the book to be signed. Oh well.) That means I only got about 31% of the signed books personalized.
I have this rule: Only books I really love and know that I will always want to have with me throughout my life will be personalized. All other signed books I have will just be signed. This doesn’t apply to signed books we get/win/steal from other people of course because you don’t meet the actual author face to face.
Having non-personalized signed books is better in my opinion. If you get tired of a book or want to give that signed book away to a friend that really wants it, you don’t have to worry about it having your name on it. Also, if you want to clean out your bookshelf, I doubt most people will take personalized signed books and the books would have to be (-sobs-) thrown out.
There is something that sucks about not getting your signed books personalized though. Usually, authors include a tagline when you asked them to personalize and sign their books. Most authors don’t include the tagline when you ask them to only sign their books though.
Does anybody else have this habit of hardly getting a book signed and personalized?