I don't know for fiction.I've never done a book signing, so how does that work? Does the bookstore pay all the costs, and then sell at the same online price plus shipping and taxes? Or is there a store markup?
So what I have is a fiction, written about about the worst train wreck in Colorado History that happened in 1909. I thought since I am a local author, it might sell well in this area. I can see your point about signed books being a draw to a book signing. On the other hand, selling on my website might be better and attract fans outside of my area. I doubt the buyer would even know if I' raised the price because of the signature, and it doesn't sound like there's a standard price point. Thanks for your insight. McShane's Bride (The Dotsero Train Wreck)Interesting question.
I would say Zero. Trad-published authors as far as I know don't charge for signing copies at bookstore events.
In any event, a signature only becomes worth anything with the rarity of the signature on a book when the book is deemed a classic, or the author gains worldwide acclaim Or it might not be the signature of the author writing the book, but the person who is the subject of the book, which could be a biography written by someone else, for say a pop star or a president. or other famous celeb..
To me, signing a book to send out to readers who are buying the book direct is more of benefit to the author as a marketing tool where the reader considers it might have a future value.
Thanks for the advice.The only autographs that enhance a book's value are autographs of known dead authors in popular books.
Signing a book is an excellent marketing tool that boosts sales, especially if you sign the book in front of the buyer (I think it works better in non-fiction books). You should not see this as an added value that must be charged but as a strategy to sell a few more copies.