I'm interested in attending a book signing, but I'm wondering how these events are run. At other signings I've attended, the bookstore passed out numbers in the order you got there (and these were limited, so depending who the author was, you needed to get there early!). Since you can pre-buy online and request a ticket, I'm wondering if the tickets are numbered in any particular order? Trying to determine if it will be worthwhile for us to travel the 1.5 hours there (and not arriving until close to event time) or if more tickets get handed out than time available for signing.
I have attended several events over the years. I do not recall numbered tickets. Seating is first come first served. For very popular authors, the organizers have shifted the venue to an auditorium. Most authors stay to sign all books, but I lack the data or universal experience to know that all do. Very popular authors will have a stack of pre signed books, which you may buy but the autograph will not be personalized.
I have attended on event. The tickets were not numbered. Seats are limited, and those who arrive early get the better seat. Some who arrived late stood. I would order the tickets online and then arrive early, very early if the author is popular.
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