As authors, what are our options for physical appearances? Where will readers find us?
This seems obvious.
But it’s also the answer to “Where’s the worst place to sell a book?”
Bookstores used to be great outlets for authors, but in recent years, not so much.
And bookstores are the only ones who return books. Ouch! That’s a big ding on the royalty check.
For those with non-fiction or historical books, this is an option. And scheduled talks are far better than just a signing.
If you can land them, this is an excellent location! Some schools will even send pre-order forms home with the kids.
Independent coffee shops are a blast. (And a combined coffee shop & bookstore is really good!) Very casual and relaxed.
Tip - schedule an appearance on wine-tasting night. Drunk people will buy anything!
Once an audience has heard you speak, they are much more likely to buy a book! And the possibilities for speaking engagements are endless. (See my Thursday posts on professional speaking.) This is my preferred type of appearance.
There are thousands of festivals across the nation, and some are definitely better suited for authors than others. Watch booth fees, as they can be excessively high.
And the list goes on..
Authors, where else? What has worked for you and why? Readers, where would you like to meet an author? What other locations or stores?
Yesterday for my "Creative Writer" award, I listed three lies and one truth-
I am an only child - almost, but I have a much older half brother and half sister.
I've never tasted beef - I didn't go veggie until I was 23, so I have tasted beef. (As well as frog legs and alligator!)
My guilty pleasure is Shania Twain - Dear Lord, no! I really, really, REALLY dislike country music. Sorry!
Which leaves one truth-
I've lived in all four time zones of the USA
Good job, Kristi!!! I think you were the only one who guessed correctly.
Thanks everyone for your fun guesses!