This week, I saw something that I never knew existed before: You have to pay to meet an author (or several authors).
I’ve never seen that before. In fact, I didn’t know that some authors (or their publishers) charge you a fee in order to meet them. All the book signings I’ve attended so far were 100% completely free. (I’m not counting BEA in this category because hey, you get to meet tons of authors in BEA, get galleys, and it’s totally worth it.)
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind giving out $5 to $10 to meet an author, as long as I really, really, really love their book(s), but to pay more than $20 just to meet them? That’s more expensive than a hardcover book! I don’t really care if the author is well-known (not J.K. Rowling well-known mind you), it’s just not worth it in my eyes. It’s not like you can spend ten minutes talking with the author (especially without angering the other people on line, waiting for their turn).
I’ll personally rather buy one of their hardcover books and support them that way.
What are your thoughts on this?