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Author Ryan Avery aims to set record for number of books signed

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(Read caption) Ryan Avery is the co-author of 'Speaker, Leader, Champion.'

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Writer Ryan Avery had better be doing some hand-strengthening exercises.

Avery, co-author with Jeremey Donovan of the book “Speaker, Leader, Champion,” is hoping to set a new record in number of books signed for the Guinness Book of World Records. Avery aims to sign 5,000 copies of the book which is being published on April 18.

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Avery will be signing the copies at a bookstore at Colorado State University on April 16 and money from the event is "support[ing] scholarship through the Alumni Association," according to the CSU website. The author has said that all involved with the event will have their names in his next work.

The record for most books ever signed is currently held by writer Sammy Lee, a Chinese author who scrawled his signature on 4,649 versions of his book “Autopilot Leadership Model” in China in 2013.