DO: Have something in mind to say to the author when it’s your turn to have your book signed. Sure, you respect and admire this person — you may even be a little in awe of him/her — but the last thing you want is to be slapping yourself on the forehead and yelling “IDIOT” at yourself as you leave the store because you were like an 8th grade boy at your first dance when you finally got your brief one-on-one time with the author. Tell the author how a character really resonated with you. Tell him you really liked a particular set piece because it made you feel things. Tell her you thought NY Times critic Michiko Kakutani’s review of her book was vicious and unfair, and frankly, downright wrong. (Note: This comment will work for 98 percent of fiction.) However……
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