Announcing: Free Signed Bookplates!

Note: Unfortunately I can no longer offer these at the moment because of traveling. Stay tuned.


So, I started getting emails asking if I offer signed books.  Or . . . *drumroll* signed bookplates!

To which I thought: well, no, I don’t offer them, BUT I COULD.  Why not?

Above is what the ones I’m currently making look like.  (If it turns out these labels don’t hold up well or I can’t find more, the design might vary.)

If you would like a signed bookplate, email sl AT slhuang DOT com with the subject line BOOKPLATE REQUEST, and tell me:

  • your postal name and address
  • the name(s) the bookplate(s) should be addressed to
  • (optionally) any information you want me to have to write a message, like, “this is for my mathematics-obsessed teenage daughter who loves seeing a woman kicking butt with calculus.”

I’ll reply to your email when I send the bookplate(s).  If you don’t receive a response within two weeks, chances are your email got missed; feel free to ask again.  I’m happy to mail to anywhere in the U.S., no charge.  For people outside the U.S., it will depend on how much it costs to mail something to your country (sorry).

I’m slightly skeptical the labels I’m using have archival-quality adhesive — I researched the subject but people seemed to think there were no sticky-backed products with archival-quality adhesive and you have to paste things yourself for that, at which point I gave up.  So if the bookplates end up coming off years down the road, I’m sorry!  But I did get archival-quality pens and ink pigment for this purpose, so at least that shouldn’t fade on you.  (Special thanks to Mary Robinette Kowal’s excellent blog post on what to consider in terms of materials.)

Feel free to request more than one bookplate, though if you ask for an unreasonable number (“ONE THOUSAND BOOKPLATES!”) I shall blithely chop it down a few orders of magnitude and only send you a reasonable number (like five).  Although, on second thought, if you were requesting a thousand bookplates because you were buying a thousand books, I could probably be persuaded to do a few more. 😉

The fine print: If I am suddenly inundated with bookplate orders, I reserve the right to discontinue offering them without warning, including to people who have already requested.  But I do not expect this to happen any time in the near future.

About the author

SL Huang (aka MathPencil)
SL Huang (aka MathPencil)

SL Huang justifies an MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero books. Debut novel: Zero Sum Game, a speculative fiction thriller.
Twitter: @sl_huang


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  • SL, the bookplates are beautiful, and I am definitely going to request some. However, since postage is close to a half-dollar for up to one ounce, and since you are very busy writing new speculative fiction thrillers, why don’t you ask people to send you a stamped, self-addressed envelope? That would avoid cutting into your bottom line and save time on administrative work.

  • Ooh, I would certainly love to order a couple of these bookplates! If you decide to take InMyBook’s suggestion, I’m happy to send a couple of SASE your way as well.

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