I went to a signing and asked him what the score was.
I think the answer was "If you've got a book of mine I'll sign it. If you want to buy a book of mine I'll sign it."
I'm sure he actually said it in a more pithy, amusing and suave way.
The really clever bit was that Joe asked "what was your favorite bit in the book" and I reckoned that it would have been where furious got his name by biting some guys nose off in a battle. He then flicked through the book and found a quote and wrote that in the front cover and signed it. Fantastic.
So good I have asked other authors to do the same.
Richard Morgan sold off a load of his books that were clogging up his office or some other room. Now two of my favorite books are Black Man and The Steel Remains. It's no surprise I e-mail Richard with a huge order that is a bit over the top on my part but in the end I settle on the above two books with a personal message.
Here's what I chose for Black Man
And here is what I got for The Steel Remains (US Version)
And for the extra special I love this, I got a post card to explain the 'typo'
I can remember the day I picked these books up and I was pretty pleased at the time and to get a little note in there just made my day.
I think a lot of the fun of quotes signed in the books is the going through the book in your head to find your own Eureka moment.
I am so pleased to have these books signed personally that I am showing off; at the same time I think authors appreciate the fan who wants the personal touch and will be willing to go that bit further.