Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Library Events: What's good, what's bad, what works, what doesn't.

Myra here. Let me just state for the record that I am not an “out there” kind of person. I would much rather sit at home in my comfy writing chair with my nifty adjustable laptop desk with its built-in cooling fan and my trusty MacBook Pro open to my work-in-progress.

But let’s face it. Writing isn’t just about writing. We want readers. Faithful readers. Readers who tell their friends what great writers we are so their family and friends will buy our books!

And that leads us to the dreaded word promotion, which in turns brings us to one of the primary methods writers use to promote their books.

[Cue scary music here.]

PUBLIC SPEAKING!!!!!!!!

When I first dreamed of becoming a published novelist, it never occurred to me that I’d eventually be called upon to speak in front of various sized groups whose interest varied from “You are beyond fascinating!” to “Where’s the nearest exit?” 

My first few post-publication speaking gigs were for church gatherings or my local writers group, where I knew I’d be among friends. But when you have no idea whom you’ll be addressing--much less how friendly and open-minded they’ll be--it’s a lot different.

It also makes a difference whether getting up in front of an audience comes naturally to you. For some authors--the extroverts among us--public speaking is a breeze. Others, like introverted moi, need some encouragement.

That’s why I was very grateful after moving to the Carolinas and joining Carolina Christian Writers, the local ACFW chapter, to connect with Dora Hiers, a writer who has developed a real knack for working with area libraries to schedule author events. (You’ll have a chance to hear more from Dora in November when she joins us for a guest blog.)

Although I’ve done several library programs with Dora this year, I certainly don’t consider myself an expert on the subject. But these experiences have brought a few things to light that I believe are worth passing along to other authors interested in braving the library circuit.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Dora Hiers, and Myra Johnson

The first program I shared with Dora was actually a three-author panel that also included Jennifer Hudson Taylor, another Carolinian. The audience, comprising readers who enjoy inspirational fiction, proved very welcoming. Each author gave a 10-15-minute talk describing our journey to publication, providing background about our novels, and sharing a few thoughts about writing Christian fiction. Afterward, we took questions and then visited with attendees and autographed books.

A couple of weeks later, and feeling more comfortable now that we’d gotten to know one another better, the three of us repeated our program at a public library in another city with even more success.

Here I am speaking again. Not a library event, but a speaking engagement that came about as a direct result of one of our library programs.

Sharing the program with one or more author colleagues definitely takes the pressure off! That’s why, when Dora asked if I’d be interested in working up a joint program for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library System Summer Reading Series, I immediately said yes, and soon we were hammering out a talk on “Writing Inspirational Fiction” that would be presented at two different libraries.

We organized our talk in a “she said/she said” format, beginning with each of us sharing our personal background and highlights of our writing journey. We went on to discuss our individual writing styles, where we get ideas, advice about finding an agent, and an overview of several Christian publishing houses. Each participant received a handout with a list of our favorite craft books and writing websites.

We ended the program with Q&A, which was a great opportunity to zero in on participants’ individual needs and interests. Afterward, we stayed around for book browsing and more casual conversation. Overall, the program seemed to go over quite well.

Now for the good, the bad, etc., etc.

Good: People who attend library events are avid readers.

Bad: Library patrons like to check out books, not necessarily buy them.

Good: It’s fun and inspiring to chat with people who are really interested in books and writing.

Bad: Turnout is unpredictable. At some events we had 10-15 or more in attendance. At one of the summer programs we had only two.

Good: Librarians are your friends. Get to know them and they will recommend your books to readers and suggest upcoming releases as possible library additions.

Dora and I display our books.

What works: Contacting libraries well in advance of your desired program dates.

What doesn’t work: Expecting the library to get you on the program calendar within a month or two. It can take several weeks to several months to get library approval.

What works: Planning ahead of time whether you will address primarily readers or writers and adjusting your content accordingly.

What doesn’t work: Not clearly advertising your program as Christian or “inspirational.” People have been known to walk out at the first mention of faith.

What works: Promoting the event on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc.; also finding out what forms of promotion the library will be using.

What doesn’t work: Scheduling your program either too early or too late on a weeknight evening.

What works: Arriving early enough to get your table and book display set up, visit the ladies’ room, get some water, and mingle with attendees as they arrive.

What doesn’t work: Trusting Google Maps to send you to the right location, then arriving so close to start time that you’re flustered and out of breath.

Dora and I take questions following our "Writing Inspirational Novels" presentation.

What works: Giveaways (bookmarks, postcards, chocolate, etc.) and handouts containing supplemental information.

What doesn’t work: Sitting shyly behind your book table and waiting for people to talk to you.

What works
: Interacting with attendees, asking them about their reading interests, and suggesting other authors (yes, your competition!) you think they might enjoy.

What doesn’t work
: Not verifying whether the library has copies of your books in circulation.

What works
: Donating a copy of your book to the library prior to or, at the latest, the day of your program.

What works: Remembering to send a thank-you note to the program organizer and mentioning your interest in working with him or her in the future.

Bad: Preparing talks and doing programs definitely takes its toll on your writing time.

Good: But in the end, it’s usually worth the sacrifice!

Carolina authors at the Mooresville Library Local Author Showcase, including Carol Stratton, Jennifer Fromke, me, Mary Urban, and Dora Hiers. At this event, all we had to do was mingle--no speaking involved!


Have you braved the library program circuit yet? What do you like most about speaking events? What do you find most challenging?

If you’re a librarian, what advice would you offer authors interested in presenting a program to your patrons?

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79 comments :

  1. Here we have events with authors at times but none have been inspirational. I haven't been to an event but hear they are popular.
    Considering Christian fiction isn't sold in main stream shops here our library does support these books. When I have donated books (and some have been from authors) the Librarian has been thankful and has said there is a demand for this type of books and the feedback is many readers love the books cos they are clean reads and ask for them.

    It would be cool to go to one of these events with or without chocolate.

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  2. Morning Myra,
    I loved your blog. Such great information that's planted a seed about starting a similar program in my local area. Going in as a group of authors helps lighten the load, no doubt, and what a nice plus for libraries.

    My first talk was at my local library. Shortly after I published, I spoke at an Atlanta library with Christian writer Cindy Woodsmall. Perhaps it's time to contact those libraries again.

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  3. Hey, one of my first talks was at a local library, too!

    I love when local folks support one another in faith and business. It's a win/win, especially in small towns.

    Myra, I brought coffee!!! I think we've had a few techno problems across the country, so the coffee's here, ready and waiting as folks find their way in today.

    Also, home-made chocolate stuffed croissants with vanilla whipped cream topping.

    Do not think you can eat these babies with your hands, oh no!

    Fork required! And plastic forks won't do, things simply do not taste as good with a big ol' hunk of plastic between your teeth, so I've brought my Oneida stainless along.

    Enjoy!

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  4. Hi Myra,

    I've done two library events this year, one with Mary Connealy, one alone. Both had very good turnout. The small town library, that Mary & I spoke at let us sell books. The larger library I spoke at in Sioux Falls, did not allow book sales. I found that out after I agreed to speak. So, that is something writers need to consider/ask before agreeing to speak.

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  5. WOW, Myra, what a comprehensive list on what works and what doesn't at library events!! Awesome!

    Rose makes a good point about book sales. Not all libraries operate with the same policy and it's best to find this out prior to the event.

    Want to know what's on my agenda today? Library contacts and follow-ups for fall/winter visits. You game?? lol. You don't have to answer. I know you are. Thanks for the mention, Myra. :-)

    Oh, and Ruthie, a chocolate stuffed croissant sounds heavenly...


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  6. A lovely post, Myra. One I'll tuck away for "someday."

    My local library is small and low budget. Most of the Christian fiction is donated (some from me). But they have a decent selection, and the annual book sale is usually a gold mine of affordable (read here: dirt cheap) reading material.

    My little girl loves the summer reading program and all the little shows associated with it.

    I've never been to an author event there, but the city library in Springfield, Mo does a lot of different things, so it could be a possibility there...Someday.

    I had to grimace at your comments on timeliness and arriving out of breath. I'm rarely the first, and almost always the last. :-[

    I've been wanting to read One Imperfect Christmas for the longest time. It was $1.24 on Kindle the other day, and I simply could not pass it up. What a steal! And I can't wait to read it.

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  7. I JUST GOT MY COPY OF MYRA'S NEW BOOK!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE COVER AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!

    Uh....a bit much YELLING for so early in the morning.
    Sorry.

    :)

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  8. Good topic, Myra. I was introduced to writing romances through a library panel. The four authors were so great that I bought all their books that night then joined RWA that weekend.

    I've done library presentations for my non-fiction books and you're right, Myrna. It's not always a good way to sell books and attendance can be very small. But it's a way to 'make' fans and connect.

    I'm currently working on creating a panel with two other authors. Our launch is scheduled in Nov. We've broken it into the non-fiction author, debut romance and long time romance author. Will see how it goes!

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  9. Myra, forgive the dyslexic's spelling of your name! I even proofed the post before I posted! Ugh...

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  10. Great wrap-up of your events, Myra! That list of what works and what doesn't could be another speaking topic (to other authors) someday. ;)

    I'm so glad you're part of our group. You and Dora are our "go get'em girls!"

    Hugs!

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  11. Great post! I love our local libraries! I've done many library events---some where I was paid and some where I spoke for free. About 3/4 of them had a bookstore come in and sell my novels. Recently, my new release, STILL LIFE IN SHADOWS, had her debut at the main Durham library. I was invited by the humanities program. 40 plus people attended. I love public speaking, by the way, and am always eager to do more of it! I guess having a dad as a preacher got me started. :-)

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  12. MYRA, I JUST GOT YOUR BOOK TOO, SO THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!! Can't wait to dive in!!!

    I am a natural public speaker, but I have to be honest, I really don't like doing it so much anymore because it does expend a lot of time and energy with planning, prep, travel and aftermath (stacked-up e-mails). Consequently, I tend to "shy" (I know, I know, not a word used in conjunction with me very much) away from seeking speaking engagements.

    But, Myra, your idea of teaming up is SUCH a smart one!! That worked REALLY well with Ruth Axtell and I in last year's ACFW workshop, so I can see how it would be perfect for the speaking circuit too!!

    GREAT tips, Myrakins!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  13. Myra, great blog and valuable insight on Library events. I've done a few events at Libraries but never sold a ton of books there. Still, we want our books checked out, too.

    Janet

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  14. What a great post, Myra. Thanks for sharing how you ladies got started on the library circuit. :) Your pros and cons are helpful in evaluating and planning a talk at a library. I'm not anywhere close to being published, but this is a great thing to consider doing if/when my day ever comes.

    RUTHY--thanks for the snacks! They're just what this sleepy mama needs to jumpstart her day! :)

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  15. Fabulous tips, Myra! (And I LOVE the cover of your new book!) I've never done a signing or talk at a library before, but this post is going into my Keeper file for future reference. There's another new LI author in the area (waving to Georgiana!) so who knows...maybe we'll give this a shot one day! :)

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  16. This is definitely something to look into, Myra! Thanks for the information - and the list of what and what not to do.

    Like Glynna, I've recently connected to another author in our area, so maybe this is something we could do together...

    Thanks for the croissants, Ruthy! Hey, do we have the same Oneida stainless pattern?

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  17. AUSJENNY, you're the first to Seekerville this morning! Thanks for sharing the "Down Under" take on library events. I'm glad to know inspy books are in demand.

    And just for you, I brought some Godiva chocolate truffles to the Seekerville buffet table!

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  18. DEBBY, I bet you'd have NO problem booking library events! BTW, your latest release just arrived, and I'm looking forward to diving in!

    RUTHY--technical problems??? What did I miss? I know I'm usually not the early bird around here, but lately it's even harder to get upstairs to the computer, what with a houseful of grandkids. Hubby and I could barely find our way to the breakfast cereal this morning!

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  19. ROSE, good point! We have been permitted to sell our books at all the library events we've done here. We were told they do make exceptions about selling at library events when it's a published author. I guess they know if authors didn't sell books, there wouldn't be copies for the library!

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  20. DORA!!!! My library buddy!!!! So great to see you here, and I bet you could write a much more comprehensive list of what to do and what not to do! Let me know how those library contacts go--and definitely count me in!

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  21. I am not a writer, and have not heard of any of these events or i'd be at them. LBI inc where i worked for a few years brings in authors each year for their fall introduction. i have been privileged to go to some of them, but they always occur in harvest time, and are 11 hours away.

    marianneDOTwanhamATgmailDOTcom

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  22. ANDREA, sometimes it's the small-town libraries who are the most welcoming. The turnout may be smaller as well, but you know the people who attend are very interested in being there.

    Oh, and I really did run late to one event because Google Maps landed me in the middle of a trailer park!!! Thank goodness a quick call to the library got us redirected!

    I do hope you enjoy OIC. My MC has turned out to be a character readers either totally relate to or want to send to therapy--or both.

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  23. MARY!!!! Nice to have a few fans in Seekerville! The cover model is a little too glamorous for what I imagined, but she's mighty pretty, isn't she?

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  24. LYNDEE, congratulations on booking some library events! You're right, even with low attendance, at least you've met new friends--and hopefully new readers. Dora and I also really enjoyed encouraging budding writers and sharing our perspectives on this crazy business.

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  25. LOL, Lyndee--didn't even notice the "Myrna." No worries. That happens to me all the time.

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  26. ANGIE--LOL, it's Dora who's the "go-getter." I'm just pleased as punch to tag along!!!

    And I am LOVING Carolina Christian Writers! It's great to be a part of this growing group! (Any Carolinians out there, be sure to look us up!)

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  27. ALICE, you're up in Durham? Not that far away! It's great you could get a bookstore to come in to sell your books. That would make it so much easier.

    And I'm sure being a "PK" really helped instill speaking confidence! My hubby's also a PK, and he LOVES to talk! (Not in front of crowds, however.)

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  28. JULIE, when Dora and I were putting our talk together, I took a cue from you and Ruth after attending your ACFW workshop. The back-and-forth really added interest.

    Yes, speaking does take a lot of energy--before, during, and after!

    And I can't imagine you shying away from anything!!!

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  29. JANET, you're right, if library patrons are checking out our books, that means they're in demand. It might even encourage the library to invest in a few additional copies. Or, in the case of a big-city library system, have copies available at more branches.

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  30. JEANNE, there's a ton of stuff I wish I'd known prior to publication. . . .

    Or maybe not! I might have been too scared to persevere!!!

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  31. GLYNNA & JAN, it really is more fun sharing the program with other authors. It definitely eases the "nervous" factor quite a bit, because you're all in it together, supporting and encouraging one another.

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  32. Speaking in public isn't my idea of fun! I admire you for doing it, Myra!!! However, a group talk doesn't sound quite so intimidating. Thanks for all the tips.

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  33. CARA, I admit, it's scary sometimes. What works for me is adopting a "stage persona." As a teen I loved acting in high school plays, so it's kind of like that. I have a "script" for my talk, and I just pretend I'm this really fascinating and entertaining speaker.

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  34. First of all -- guess what -- talked to the Readers Services at Harlequin this morning and they are making Heartsong Presents available in Canada starting in September!!!!!

    I love that you team visit libraries! That's got to take some of the pressure off and draw a bigger crowd. Interesting for the people who attend as well.

    I have a suggestion though -- to hopefully increase attendance. What about doing your own advertising via churches in the library's area? Every church has an event bulletin board, right? And some sort of woman's group? It would be a great way to target the right audience by inviting them to your library presentation.

    And I think you are terribly brave to do these library visits at all!!!!!!

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  35. Public speaking......eek.

    I've gained a comfort level with it but I will NEVER like it.

    I think back on my first few speeches and just CRINGE!!! (as, I'm sure, do the people who were there)

    Now, I think of speaking as telling stories.

    I have about ... ten or fifteen stories I tell.

    I have a list written down, one sentence per story and I refer to that list and tell them, "How I got my first contract. 'Every year at a writer's conference I attend, Barbour Publishing has this wonderful moment when they give a contract to one unpublished author.'"
    Or
    "How I got together with the seekers. 'My group blog Seekerville began as a group of contest finalists who kept bumping into each other on the finalist lists of unpublished author contests.' We started together when all of us were unpublished and now we all are. Our blog is an effort to share our journey and maybe....hopefully spare other aspiring authors some pain.'"
    or
    "The Inspiration behind Petticoat Ranch. 'Petticoat Ranch is my husband's story. He comes from a family of seven sons, now we have four daughters. Watching my cowboy husband respond to an all girl world can be funny.'"

    or
    "You all need to go home and write your own story. Every life is a story and you should tell yours."

    I know these stories well and I have no need to refer to notes. Those ten or fifteen sentences are the only notes I take up with me. I usually take a stack of books and hold up the books I'm referring to.
    I hold up Montana Rose and say,
    "Has anyone here read Love Comes Softly? Or seen the movie based on it? Montana Rose is a retelling of Jannette Oke's beautiful, classic love story, Love Comes Softly, only mine has mayhem and gunfire. I tried to get my publisher to call it Love Comes Hardly but they wouldn't go for it."

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  36. KAV, what a great suggestion! I personally need to be more proactive about publicizing any programs or book signings at area churches. Women's groups and book clubs would be our ideal audience.

    Great news about HPs coming to Canada! Thanks for the update!

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  37. This is AWESOME, Myra! Thank you so much!! I was able to participate in a library even during the month of my release. It was huge and I thought excellently done. I'd love to do a 2 or 3 person event too, and will keep these tips in mind. ;-)

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  38. Also, someone once told me that Q & A was the best because NO ONE could EVER ask you a question about your book that you couldn't answer. Of all the things in the world a person knows, NO ONE knows YOUR BOOK better than you.
    So you can't possibly be asked a question that you can answer.

    And, in the amazing event that someone does ask you a question you can't answer than that in itself is fascinating. Rather than say, "Uh...I dunno." You say, "Really, that's something I never found while researching, tell me more about it?"

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  39. MARY, you are so good at telling stories, whether in books or in person! I have definitely not mastered the art of speaking off the cuff. Every word of my speech is labored over for weeks ahead of time, and when I stand up to speak, it's all written out verbatim for me to refer to. I hate to say "read," but often that's what it amounts to.

    However, by then I usually have it fairly well memorized, so I can appear to speak naturally. Until I get tongue-tied, anyway.

    I will NEVER be as good "live" as I am on paper.

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  40. JESSICA, how fun that your library event was so successful! Did you speak as well as sign books?

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  41. "Really, that's something I never found while researching, tell me more about it?"

    THAT is a line I'm definitely going to memorize!!!!!

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  42. I once did a library speech and I brought my books to hold up like always, PROPS. And the library had several of their copies of my books and had them there to be signed.

    I got home and found out I'd stolen the library's copy of The Husband Tree.

    I mailed it back asap and emailed them to apologize. They called off the police and it was all smoothed over nicely.

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  43. And I'll be off Parole in time for the ACFW conference!!!!! YAY! No more ankle monitor!!!

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  44. loved all of the postings today :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  45. Hey, Myra! It looks like you have tons of experience! I've only had a tiny bit of experience, and the one time I did a library event, several things went wrong, including the fact that the books didn't show up and we had to take orders. That's a long story though. But I've done very little public speaking. I should probably try to do more, but ... I have a little expression that kind of applies, which is "I'd rather eat dirt." Maybe some day I'll embrace public speaking. Maybe. Stranger things have happened. :-)

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  46. MARY, if you hear any sirens in the distance . . . just sayin'.

    KARENK, thanks for visiting Seekerville!

    MELANIE, I hear you about "eating dirt"! It doesn't taste as bad as you'd think, though. As for selling books, up to now I've supplied my own copies. It works okay, but I'd love to get to the point where bringing in a "middleman" is worthwhile.

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  47. I liked this bullet point post. It was right in line with my limited attention span today!!


    Let's see: I worked in libraries for the last 15 years.

    I agree with all of what you said.

    Just one more thing, unless I missed it: don't rely on the library to get out the word. Some directors are less organized than others. At the last li brary, I saw a lot of REALLY WONDERFUL authors sit lonely because no one had bothered to put out any publicity. Big authors, who traveled from far away. It was frustrating.

    We also have a successful program here in Walla Walla, started my Patrick Carmen, called Walla Walla Reads' where they bring in YA and children's authors to the schools.

    Sometimes authors' best friends are... other authors. :) YOu get together and make great thigs happen!

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  48. Last year I took part in a Reader Luncheon hosted by a small town library in Alabama. The authors circulated table-by-table and talked about what they were writing as the folks enjoyed lunch. (The library fed the authors earlier! :) ) The day was lots of fun, and part of the proceeds from the booksigning went to fund the library's summer program for kids.

    Turned out to be a great way to connect authors and readers.

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  49. Melanie! Hahaha!


    I actally like talking to lots of people. It's the hidden teacher in me...

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  50. Virginia, love your comment about YA authors meeting the kids in school! Great way to increase interest in books.

    I spoke at a local special ed school in my area. The kids asked the cutest questions, although the teachers seemed more interested than the students. :)

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  51. VIRGINIA, good advice! Dora and I made a point of publicizing our event on Twitter and Facebook beginning several days in advance of the programs. Of course, that meant a lot more non-locals than locals saw the announcements. In the future, we probably need to do more local publicity as well as verify what kind of publicity the library plans to do.

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  52. DEBBY, I remember when you were telling us about this event. It sounds fun!

    DEB & VIRGINIA, you're right--kids can be great audiences. It's interesting how many of them dream of becoming published authors someday, and their early efforts can be amazing!

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  53. I have better luck getting pictures and photos captions in my local newspaper rather than an article.

    For my booksigning on Thrusday, I submitted a photo of the RWA "Readers for Life" booksigning. Lyndee Henderson and I are in the photo (The WE has the link.), and the caption mentions the $50,000 raised for literacy during the event. I then added info about the upcoming local signing. I try to make it as easy as possible for the reporter to include my info, and usually my so-called Press Release makes the paper.

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  54. What a great tip, Debby! I'm going to try to remember that one!

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  55. I was considering doing some public speaking at libraries. Thanks for giving us the ins and outs. I think I will try to get a group of authors to help me.

    Congratulations on your book, Myra. The cover is gorgeous!

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  56. BRANDI, thank you! Yes, I definitely recommend combining forces with other authors.

    I have truly enjoyed doing library programs. The staff and attendees have always been extremely welcoming, and I leave feeling as if I've met some new friends.

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  57. Myra, I enjoyed the photos!

    I had to laugh at one of your last statements about mingling and not speaking. I'd rather speak in front of a group than mingle! That can be difficult for me. :)

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  58. Also meant to say I enjoyed the tips as well. It reminded me to write a thank you note!!

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  59. Myra, I like your new hairstyle. Lovely!

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  60. Missy, if I mix and mingle before my talk, the folks become friends, and I'm less nervous when I get behind the podium.

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  61. Debby, I saw that link! Thanks for the face-time in your local newspaper!

    Tina, thanks for sending me that link to the newspaper. Really appreciate it.

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  62. Hi Myra, Great ideas for promotion to go through the library.

    Great stories and points from the comments also. smile

    Debby, love the circulating lunch idea. Like speed dating.

    Mary--"Love Comes Hardly" ??? Really??? you are too funny.

    The chocolate croissants were yummy Ruthy

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  63. Forgot to mention I'm so excited to read A HORSEMAN'S GIFT

    Love the cover.

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  64. MISSY, to be honest, I'd rather read my prepared speech than mingle! I am so bad a small talk!

    DEBBY, you make a good point, though. Getting to know the guests beforehand does make presenting the program a little less stressful.

    And about the hair? Every time I go to my new Carolina stylist, I come out looking slightly different!!! She's good, but we can't seem to settle on one style!

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  65. SANDRA, what I love about Seekerville is how we all learn from each other! It's fun sharing ideas and experiences.

    Hope you enjoy the book!

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  66. I'm late to the party.

    Great Tips, Myra. Unfortunately, I'm known as the Overdue Book Queen at our local library. Because of this I might have to search out another venue to advertise my books. When I get published. :)

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  67. It sounds like you all have a good thing going. Thanks for sharing!
    Jackie L.

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  68. I just love when folks share knowledge they've gained from first-hand experience. So many details come up that I never would have known existed.

    I'm late posting but wondered if any of you have ever dressed like the heroine or in clothing of the period. Have you ever asked attendees to read different characters' dialogue while you serve as the 'moderator'? Wondering if that could work or be a nightmare and one more thing to worry about :-)

    So looking forward to reading A Horseman's Gift!

    Nancy C

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  69. So excited about A HORSEMAN'S GIFT, which arrived in the mail today! Thank you!!!

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  70. I read this early this morning and had to rush off.

    First thought.

    Myra, your hair is so cute.

    Second thought.

    Great post, and I am guilty of some of those items!!!@!!!!

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  71. I went to a Janet Evanovich signing once and she had props and had folks in the audience read lines from the book. A hoot. A guy in the audience in a red feather boa. Hilarious.

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  72. My local library often has notices up of any author events in the area. It's fabulous.

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  73. Just checking back in Seekerville this morning. We had a family birthday celebration last night, so I wasn't able to return in the evening. Thanks to the latecomers for stopping in!

    BRIDGETT, I'm sure the library loves you anyway. Those fines they collect help buy new books!!!

    JACKIE, I'd have to agree--our library gigs have turned out to be a very good thing!

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  74. NANCY, those are interesting suggestions! I like the idea of generating audience participation. That one definitely deserves more thought!

    TINA, now you have me wondering. Exactly what are you guilty of, girlfriend??? Oh, and good to know you've actually experienced the audience participation thing. Now I'll really have to look into it!

    MARYBELLE, I'm glad your library is so good at promoting author events! What's your favorite format?

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  76. This was so easy to understand. :) Thanks for these tips, I hope to be able to use them someday!

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  78. Great info! I attended one of Myra's workshops and I can tell you a group of authors speaking works very well! Never a dull moment and plenty to think about.

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