Kellye Garrett

Signature Look: My Most Surprising Revelation as a Debut Author


So I’ve officially been a “soon to be published” author for a couple of months now. It’s already been an interesting journey. I had to fill out an author questionnaire, survived my first round of big picture edits and even got honest-to-goodness author photos.

I’ve been surprised about what things don’t really concern me versus what does. For instance, my title might change. As much as I love the current one, I’m actually fine with changing it. On the flip side, I literally sent me poor editor a message about my main character’s eyebrows—yes, eyebrows—on the latest cover mock up. (Sidenote: The mock-up is gorgeous and I seriously can’t wait to share the final cover with the world!!!)

I’m sure as I continue on this debut author journey, I’ll be surprised by more and more things, but for now one thing has really surprised me about what a debut author needs. It’s not a publicist or a street team—though I’m sure those are both very helpful. It’s an author signature!

Call me naïve, but I seriously thought that if I were so lucky to ever have a book signing or someone who wants me sign something as simple as a piece of paper, I would just sign my name and call it day. But this is not a good idea. Apparently, there’s a risk of accidentally signing a binding legal document, which sounds crazy but also something that someone with my luck might do. Not to mention identity theft, though I do appreciate that any future identity thieves would buy my book and get it signed first!

So I need a new signature. STAT. My friend is a few months ahead of me on this author journey and she suggested that I look up cursive fonts for ideas. I might try that. However, much like shopping for new clothes, I know will need to try each author signature on and see how I feel. So far, I’m leaning toward something like this look created by Mikrojihad.


Pretty classy, right?

Of course, once I do pick this new signature, I  need to practice it. A lot. Can you imagine if I forgot and used the wrong one? How do you explain that to someone without looking crazy? Do I just cross it out and then write the new one? Do I just stare at them for a long time and then run off with their book? What do I do???

Of course, on the flip side, I’m also now side-eyeing all celebrities. I wrote Oprah a letter in high school. She wrote me back. My mom and I then spent a good ten minutes trying to decide if she really signed it or if it was a stamp. (Twenty years later and we still don’t know. #LifesBiggestMystery) But now I’m wondering if Oprah made up that signature? Is this not really how Oprah writes?


Has Oprah been living a lie all these years?

What about Beyonce?


Does Beyonce not just sign her first name on her checks?

Or Barack Obama?

Obama's Autopen

If this is our President’s fake signature, I’m kind of scared to see what his real one looks like. 

I guess we’ll never know, will we?

In the meantime,  I’m off to figure out my own signature. Wish me luck!

12 thoughts on “Signature Look: My Most Surprising Revelation as a Debut Author

  1. This struck me early on, too. At my first signing, I guess! I decided to go short and sign Kaye G with flourishes on the bottom stroke of the K and the end of the G. The shorter the better, in my book! (pun intended) Have fun with it!

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  2. I was actually warned about the risks of using your signature as an autograph by another author, more than a few years ago. They told me that was one of the reasons they used a pen name.
    Good luck with your entry to the publishing world! [cheery wave]

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  3. I practised my author signature a bunch, scrawling it again and again on a sheet of paper, so it would come almost naturally when it was signing time. Then I balled up the paper and buried it in the trash because I’d be embarrassed if anyone saw me practising my name, lol. Felt like a tween dreamily writing her first name with her crush’s last name, haha!

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  4. hee. My actual signature is the one I practiced and practiced when I was twelve so that I would be ready when I became a famous actress. As a result my signature is kind if stylized and I’m secretly panicked about having to come up with another one day. (I hope.)

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  5. Well, I had no idea. But my books are digital, so I use Authorgraph! You have to use a font because, altho they offer a freehand option, it makes the author look drunk.

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