I always dreamed that I would get to be the one autographing things one day. I’d be a writer and get to sign books all day for happy fans. My signature would be worth hundreds!
However, I became an eBook author and dreams of autographing things at live events went out the window. The best I could do was have someone mail me their kindle so I could sign the back. Or, in real desperation, I considered taping pictures of myself to the back of Nooks.
That’s what I thought, anyway. Then I learned about Authorgraph.
Authorgraph is a free service that allows readers to request e-autographs from their favorite authors. The author is then able to type up a short message and sign their name (using either a stylus or mouse) as a real signature. It’s electronically sent to the reader, who can treasure it forever.
I’ve just signed up for it myself, and have been very pleased with how easy it is to use. You can link to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, and even get email alerts. The actual signing process is also quite simple; the only difficulty is making a signature that doesn’t look horrible. If you can get a hold of a stylus, it’ll make everything much easier. My attempt at making an e-signature with my track pad looked like I was drunk-writing during an earthquake.
I also like that the site is free publicity for your book. The people seeing it have the potential to be really devoted fans – people who take the time to ask for autographs will probably also take the time to join mailing lists and write reviews. It’s a great opportunity for everyone!
I’d be interested in hearing from readers about their Authorgraph experience (or related services)!
This article was originally posted to Dirty Discourse