Today I was talking to a newer author, and shared my set up organisation list. Then it occurred to me, others might benefit from it too.
So, when packing for a signing, this is what I box up. Now the numbers of items are fluid, but it gives you a bit of an insight into how I prepare.
Signing Event Set Up List:
Cash Float - $50 in mixed coin and note
Eftpos - Square Reader
Phone & iPad with charger and extension cord if near a power point.
Payment Accepted sign
Banner (if space allows)
Table Cloth (unless I know there will be one there)
Stands for each book
Stand for Bookmarks and Postcards
Stand for business cards
The important stuff:
Signed By The Author Stickers
My signing pen (plus at least 1 or two spares)
The other stuff you shouldn't leave home without:
Plastic Bags (for readers when they buy a book)
Pre Orders-pre packaged with goodie bags
Sticky Tape (Clear Packing Tape is the best because then you can re-seal your boxes)
Okay, so it's not quite exhaustive and this year I'm planning on buying a trolley to carry everything. But it will make my life easier, knowing I can print out this list, tick everything off and take it with me.
Oh and while I think about it... Remember, if your boxes are being stored, write your Name and "Do Not Destroy" on them, otherwise experience shows, they get crushed and thrown out, making the trip back home a little more difficult.
Hope that helps with the planning!