Book Signing

Hi Everyone,

Until today, I’ve done three book signings in my writing life. The first one was right after my first book was published, and I got booked into what looked like a big drug store (I was about 21 years old, and had just had published the book I wrote at 19). It was in Gilroy, California, at the time of the Garlic Festival (the smell of garlic was overwhelming as I signed), and the mayor at the time tried to kiss me. It was an interesting introduction into the world of book signings. And I was never very inclined to do book signings, and did no publicity at all for my books in those days. I spent my time writing, and taking care of my children. I never went on tour or on the road for my books. I didn’t really have time, and preferred to be at home writing, and with the kids. And I didn’t do interviews either then.(And still rarely do them now.)

My second book signing was in Chicago a while later. I can’t even remember how I got roped into it. There were two other authors scheduled to be signing books, at a book store, and somehow the people who arranged it, failed to mention that both of the other authors were very unusual and admirable people. One was a Viet Nam vet who had lost all four limbs, and had written a book about his experiences. The other was a fairly well known author whose courage I had admired, who had been severely abused and sequestered as a child, had survived it, and gone on to be a writer, and she too had suffered damage to her limbs. Not to sound disrespectful, but it was somewhat startling at the time, because both of these remarkable people signed their books with a pen they held in their teeth. And I sat between them, feeling odd and guilty because I could sign my books with a pen held in my hand. They were both interesting to talk to, but it was a very unusual experience.

And my third book signing happened during a blizzard in New York, several years later. Not a soul showed up in the terrible weather, no one bought a single one of my books, and only a homeless lady came into the store, to get out of the weather, and ate all of the hors d’oeuvres that had been provided. We chatted for a little while, she finished the food and left. And shortly after, I left too.

Somehow all three experiences convinced me not to try book signings again, and the subject hasn’t come up in thirty years. Until recently. A friend in San Francisco owns a beautiful shop for elegant things for the home, china, place mats, crystal, unusual and lovely objects, cashmere blankets,and she sells some books as well . She asked if I would do a book signing of my current non-fiction book about dogs, “Pure Joy”, and because I like her and the shop is terrific, I agreed. It sounded like fun to me when she suggested it, and I’ve been looking forward to it. And I wasn’t disappointed. She set it up beautifully with a desk where I could sit and sign, in the midst of the wonderful things she sells. Valet parkers made life easy for everyone, she had sent out a really beautiful invitation, and lots of nice people came—and I knew many of them. And we sold a lot of books. It was totally fun and beautifully done. I enjoyed it, and I think everyone else did too. An even nicer touch was that she gave a percentage of the book sales to a charity to assist homeless children. it was a win-win in every way, for the children who benefited from it, for us selling books, and for the people who came and enjoyed the event too. It was great!!

I can’t promise to do another one. But the fourth book signing of my life was a winner in every way!!!

love, danielle

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  1. Margaretha November 11, 2013 12:13 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    Can’t wait to get my copy… Here in Australia we have to wait until the 2nd of December. I popped into my local bookstore and they said they have had a lot of interest and orders already! Shame we can’t get signed copies here.

    Kindest regards,

    Margaretha

  2. Adriana November 12, 2013 11:34 am

    J’espére pouvoir avoir la chance de te connaître et aussi d’avoir une autographe. Quand je te lis, je me lis à moi, chère Danielle.

    Love,
    Adriana,
    from Barcelona.

    ¡Un abrazo!

  3. Shirley Halewood November 13, 2013 7:58 pm

    Hello Danielle.
    That was funny what you said about the Garlic Festival. I imagine it would be very overwhelming when accompanied by an over zealous mayor.

    I wish you’d talk a little bit about your writing life. How do you get down to the business of writing a story and sticking to it? What is your technique? Do you outline? I always get the feeling that the main woman character in your books is you, a big chunk of you. I like you.

  4. Tonda Pasowicz November 14, 2013 4:34 pm

    Good evening,
    How do I get a signed book? I have a very good friend Roxanne that loves your books. I would love to get her a signed book from you for Christmas . Any book is good because she loves all of your books. I will pay for it and shipping , just need to know how to go about this.
    Thank you for your help!
    Tonda Pasowicz

  5. Cora November 15, 2013 8:57 pm

    Hello
    I recently started volunteering at a school in Canada. We were fixing up the library one day and we came across a book by Danielle Steel. The title is “Martha and Hilary and the Stranger”. I immediately said to the other girls that it must be one of your very first books. I brought it home with me and I’ve just now googled you as I saw that you dedicated the book to your daughter Beatrix. I googled to see what the name of your first daughter was and sure enough.

  6. Melissa November 21, 2013 7:33 am

    I was just thinking about this last night while reading one of your books. I wish that I could get a book signed by you. You are my favorite author and I have read every book you have written. I did have a time that I fell behind and am now catching up with your latest few but I am almost there again. Your books are well worth reading more than one time. I will be anxiously waiting for your new book. ♥

  7. sandy roberts December 7, 2013 4:45 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    I am 55 years old and have been reading your books since my teens. I have NEARLY the entire collection. I am always on the lookout for the books I am missing. My achievement is to complete the set. I have all hardbacks. Some, sadly, i am told, are no longer in
    print. Obviously I do not know you personally, but I have always felt that your writings are based on your own life experiences. You come across as a thoroughly decent human being as, despite your
    success, through your own hard work, your feet remain firmly planted and you reach out to those less fortunate. I look forward to reading ‘Winners’ and ‘Pure Joy’. This has been a joy to me to be able to contact you. Thank you for your books and keep on writing. Regards Sandy Roberts x

  8. Marianne Dyczka March 3, 2014 2:19 pm

    Dearest Danielle!

    I’am a longtime reader since a teenager and would very much be honoured to have you sign one of your books.

    Is there any possible way that this could be done from Mississauga, Ontario in Canada.
    Devoted Reader,
    Marianne

    ps Thank you for a great escape and beautiful holidays that I could not afford in real life.

  9. Sharon Moore April 28, 2014 6:27 am

    You may already know but your friend Patty Suchy passed away a few weeks ago. I live 2 doors away from her and I had seen all of your books in her home and she had commented that she had all of your signed books and that you were a great friend of hers. The family are finalizing the cleaning out of Pattys house Her niece took your entire set of your signed books. I don’t think they know that it could be of great value. What would be your suggestion of how to inform them of the importance of your wonderful books. (By the way, I have read most of them over the years) Thank you for your time. I would appreciate hearing from you. God Bless You!

  10. Joe Benzel July 15, 2014 11:41 am

    I have to say those are quite some experiences 🙂 i have always loved your writing im 25 now and was prob about 17-18 when i first started reading your books… i have now made it a personal goal to buy everyone of your books both hard and soft back. i have 68 outta 95 and am still collecting. i have grown to love all your books and i really really hope to meet you Atleast once in this lifetime

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  14. Elizabeth March 14, 2015 9:32 am

    My mom has a library collection of your books! I wish you would come to do a book signing in the Los Angeles area of CA or even just somewhere within driving distance. I would love to take my mom!

  15. Loveth October 1, 2015 12:19 am

    I love like pretty much all of your books and I’ve been reading them since 2006. I have been craving to meet you even for a little signature across one of the many books I own that you have written. Through your novels I have grown, and it will be nice if you did a book signing for “country” here in southern California. Love ya lots!!!

  16. Dema October 8, 2015 8:07 pm

    Hello Ms Danielle Steel I love your novels they are amazing!! My cousin and I are currently reading 44 Charles Street and so far just like the others incredible work! By far my favorite is betrayal ! Great book 🙂 I’d love if u would come to Chicago again for another book signing I would definetly be there to get a signed copy !

  17. Louisa January 24, 2016 5:47 am

    Hi Danielle, my wish is to meet you one day for a book signing in the U.K.
    I have read your books my entire life following on from my mum and collect them too. No other author captures a storyline like you for me. They have helped me through many ups and downs in my life.
    Sending you lots of blessings.

  18. Arthur lee March 19, 2016 5:46 am

    Hello you are a incredible person i just discovered your book as i at the goodwill store, I’ve been hooked every sense.it was first sight in was awesome i would like to meet you, but you said you don’t do book signing so i gess iam in your fan club.lol

  19. Flora March 25, 2016 12:59 am

    I love your books and once I start reading them I can’t stop reading them. I always finish your books in couple days. If you ever have another book signing I would like to have it signed.

  20. debbie johnston April 5, 2016 3:43 pm

    I would absolutely LOVE to meet you.i have all of your books and love every one of them .I live in logan ohio.The beautiful Hocking Hills.you would Love the beauty and we would love to meet our author.love you Danielle

  21. Robert Plowman August 8, 2016 6:58 pm

    My wife has every book written by you, she was hoping for a book signing in New England or NYC, I can understand your frustration, Andrea will be disappointed , I will let her know why, keep her reading

  22. Arthur lee September 16, 2016 10:03 pm

    Good evening Mrs Steele..i was in a goodwill store the other day and i don’t know why but your book Granny Dan attracted me and i walked out with 12 of them iam hooked every time i run across your novels i have to get them mybe it’s your photograph you look so beautiful i wish you would come to Phoenix, Arizona to sign all my book’s old and new if your husband don’t mind love you dearly.

  23. Lisa Emmett November 5, 2016 7:50 pm

    I love reading your books I can’t wait till a new one comes out! you are the only author I love to read . It has been my dream to meet you!. I live in Greeneville Tennessee . Hope to see you someday 😘

  24. Janice Coelho January 7, 2017 8:56 am

    I had read close to a dozen Danielle Steel books when I was a young mother, and couldn’t wait to read the newest one. Then as time went on i quit reading all together, now at 69 I am attempting to play catch up and am now starting my own personal collection of Danielle Steels books.it would be wonderful if she did another book signing in SF.

  25. Crystal summers January 12, 2017 2:17 pm

    Hi danielle i love all of your books. You are my favorite author. Iam currently reading blue. I love it and i can not wait to startt reading your new book heiress. I live in oregon and i hope to meet you sometime.
    Crystal summers

  26. Gwendolyn W Robinson February 6, 2017 10:00 am

    Hi Danielle, I have read SO many of your books. I would Love to meet you at a book signing. I really wish that could happen.

    How do I get a signed copy of one of your books?

    Thanks for so many good books.

    Gwendolyn

  27. Shailee Doucette March 21, 2017 8:37 am

    Hey Danielle,
    I was wondering if you are coming to Canada. My best friends birthday is tomorrow and she absolutely adores you! Reads all of your books. I love you too by the way haha. I would love to arrange for her to get one of her books signed by you and meet you. Please let me know! Thanks

  28. Janet Garcia April 2, 2017 6:44 pm

    Danielle! I would love to attend to a book singing! My mother in law loves your books and she has been so good to me, that i feel like I want to do something nice for her! You are that nice thing! Lol gets really hooked on your stories and one especially gave her hope. The one with the woman that gets cancer, she is currently struggling with a disease called ” Addison’s disease” basically she doesn’t produce enough hormones. Anyway, I had a wake up call- many times we don’t value people enough- we value them when they are dead. I want to show her how much she means to me. We are in New York so if you are planning any book signings or ever around town, lunch/dinner is on me! Yes it’s very far fetched but it’s most definitely worth a try 🙂 thank you for giving her a light at the end of the tunnel

  29. Jacki Pirnie April 29, 2017 7:49 am

    Good day,

    I want to tell you a bit about my mom and your impact on her life.

    My parents had 4 children, at one point, 3 and under (I’m a town). She was pursuing her college degree but stopped when she had her first child. She worked third shift in a coffee shop so she could stay home and take care of her children while expecting and throughout all pregnancies. She later picked up jobs including house cleaning and later cleaning for a corporation.

    7 years ago, the strongest woman I know, suffered a series of strokes which left her partially paralyzed and disabled. She went from being nonstop to nothing. After months and months of rehab, she went home.

    The transition has not been easy but your writing is one distraction that takes her away. She loves your novels and the only thing she ever asks for on birthdays or holidays are your novels when new ones come out.

    I came to this site because for Mother’s Day, I plan on purchasing two of your new novel, Kysset, one for her and one for I to read together. I was hoping to see that you had book signings in New England because I am sure she would love to hear about your inspirations and thought process but I understand your reservations to do so.

    Is there a list I can be out on to be notified in the event you decide to journey on a book tour?

    Thank you and please, continue to do what you do so well. It helps folks in many situations escape from reality.

    Thank you,

    Jacki Pirnie
    603.289.4194

  30. Robyn May 9, 2017 3:45 pm

    Hi Danielle

    I’m a big fan of yours and I would love for you to do a book signing for me . I love your books and I would love to meet you in person . My grandma who is no longer alive now when she was she loved your books and got me started reading your books and I truly love them . Im very sorry to find out you had a very bad experience I promise you I WONT let you down .

    Robyn

  31. Trisch June 19, 2017 11:13 am

    Greetings Ms. Steel,
    How I would love to go to a book signing mostly to just meet you. It’s through your books I have “traveled” to so many places and learned so much about NY & Paris, both are very fun, beautiful and romantic places to be! I grew up a country girl, joined the military as a nurse and married my husband, who is also military and from Long Island. After 26 wonderful years of serving the Army, we are now retiring back at his family home on Long Island. I love your stories and have enjoyed them for many years. I truly enjoy your commitment to your books and mostly to your beloved children. You are an amazing author and very dedicated to your children/family; that is a treasured gift! I hope you will consider doing another book signing. My husband has promised me I can go if you ever have another one. My hopes are high !!! Thank for you the world you have brought to my mind and imagination.
    V/r
    Trisch

  32. Catherine Hawley July 30, 2017 8:19 pm

    Dearest Danielle, Over the years I have always wanted to get into contact with you. I am a somewhat shy person. I would like you to know however, that I have every single one of your books! Most in hardcover, but the earlier ones in paperback. I am quite addicted to your books, and cannot wait for the new ones to arrive! I have them preordered in advance! I have just read, sadly, that you do not do book signings, and have had bad luck with three out of four you have done. As a lifelong reader of your books, it is on my bucket list to one day meet you in person! You are an inspiration, and a truly remarkable person! If that does not happen though, if I were to send a book, with paid return postage, would you be able to sign it for me? I understand if you decline for you probably get asked this a thousand times! I do not want a publisist or assistant signing it for you or a stamp, i really would like your true authentic signature. Please please!! I will thank you in advance if you can, and also thank you if you can’t for at least taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this request. Thank you so much! Much luck to you in your future and God bless! Cathy Hawley. P.s. Let me know where to send my book to if I am lucky enough to get your signature! Thanks again!