Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Long Distance Book Signings


Sometimes far away friends and relatives like to get their books signed. Mailing the books back and forth can be a royal pain. As we all know postage is through the roof these days and then finding packing materials can be troublesome.

I figured there must be an easier way. Then I remembered we have a cookbook signed by Julia Childs. She didn't actually sign the book (which weights about 10 lbs) she signed a self adhesive label that was then attached to the end papers. That sounded much easier than mailing books back and forth. And, if it's good enough for Julia then it's sure as heck good enough for me. So I've started making my own book plates. Avery makes a large 3 1/3" x 4" shipping label (#8254) that works nicely. For On a Dark, Dark Night I've designed a little border that coordinates with the book that I can print out. Then I just sign the stickers and pop them in an envelope. Thanks Julia, now if I can just figure out how to bone a chicken...

Since I already had the border, I also created a "This book belongs to:" type book plates out of this design that you are free to download. That way you can keep track of all your Halloween books. The PDF is optimized to print on those Avery #8254 labels I mentioned above. When you print, just remember to set page scaling to "none" or they labels will not line up correctly.

6 comments:

Ginger*:) said...

This is a great idea and one that I often use. I love making a bookplate with the theme of the book and sending the signed sticker to anyone who has one of the books I have illustrated.

I think your bookplate is wonderful and just one more great addition to a fantastic book.

Bob Ostrom Studio said...

Wow, what a great idea. I'm definitely going to try this one out.

Loni Edwards said...

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it!

Paula Pertile said...

How clever of you (and Julia too).

Nikki S said...

Eureka!

I am shocked I didn't think of this, considering I fill out book plates all the time at the library when someone donates books...

Wonderful idea!

Karen said...

Great idea!