A Book of Autographs

A Brief History of Autograph Collecting
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If the book was previously owned by someone closely associated with it, the signature of that person may enhance its value somewhat. Most of the time, though, a non-authorial signature in a book is simply a mark of ownership, as described above. A gift inscription simply means that someone, but not the author, has written something on the book before giving it to someone else as a gift. Read more about gift inscriptions here. If a book is signed by the author, it may be worth more than an unsigned copy.

The difference could be large, moderate, or negligible, depending upon the book in question.

If the author is very popular, but signatures are scarce, the signature will be in demand. Factors to consider are whether the author is living or dead and thus not signing any more books! Books signed by heavily-collected authors are much-desired. For modern novels with authors still living, a signature will add somewhat to the price — perhaps ten to twenty-five percent. If the signature is very scarce, it may be worth more. However, the cookbook your Aunt Jane wrote, self-published, and signed is worth little, if anything, more than an unsigned copy.

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For more on book values, see our article On the Value of Books. The term autograph is similar, but used only to denote handwritten letters. Similarly, T. Denise is Empty Mirror's founder and editor.

She's edited several other literary magazines and small-press publications since the s. When not at Empty Mirror, you can probably find her reading or writing -- or out exploring the back roads and beaches of Washington State. Admitedly I usually omit the date—mostly because I can never remember what day it is! But recipients will appreciate it when you date your inscription.

For those of you who autograph the cover or inside cover, a good Sharpie will probably be your best choice. For everyone else, do yourself a favor and invest in a nice pen. Oh, and make sure the ink dries quickly! Book Marketing for Nonfiction Authors Blog. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare to autograph your books! By Ruta Sepetys. Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, Red at the Bone: A Novel Hardcover. By Jacqueline Woodson. Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, Degrees of Difficulty Paperback.

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Published: Mariner Books - September 22nd, Native Guard Paperback. Published: Mariner Books - April 3rd, Through elegiac verse that honors her mother and tells of her own fraught childhood, Natasha Trethewey confronts the racial legacy of her native Deep South -- where one of the first black regiments, the Louisiana Native Guards, was called into service during the Civil War. By Alex Kotlowitz. Published: University of Chicago Press - May 16th, Park Avenue Summer Paperback.

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Martin's Press - April 2nd, By Michael Moreci. Martin's Press - April 9th, By Valerie Jarrett. The Parade: A novel Hardcover. By Dave Eggers. Desperate Paths Paperback. By Laurie Halse Anderson.

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By Charlie Jane Anders. Published: Tor Books - February 12th, Published: Dial Books - February 12th, The Current: A Novel Hardcover. By Tim Johnston. Published: Algonquin Books - January 22nd, Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America.

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