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So, yesterday’s #followreader chat was a REALLY, really great conversation. We weren’t planning on having #followreader this week, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but Russ Marshalek (@RussMarshalek), BethAnne Patrick (@thebookmaven), and Michele Filgate (@readandbreathe) kind of pushed it into existence. And thank goodness for that.
I know. I always say #followreader was great. But yesterday’s #followreader really was great – authors (@urrealism and others), publishers (@draccah, @SusanMpls, and others); lots of book bloggers and booksellers (@readandbreathe, @changinghands, etc.) and muchos library folks were all actively taking part in the discussion and the hour flew by.
The overall consensus (sort of to my surprise) was not only are author in-store events popular with tweeps from every sector of the book community, but people have lots of incredible ideas on how to make author events successful for everyone involved.
I’ve archived the conversation here, and in spite of it being one very long conversation, I highly recommend that authors, publishers, librarians, and booksellers read through all of it, because there were some really great ideas suggested, as well as some tips on what does NOT work for author events, and even some really juicy gossip from booksellers and former booksellers about celebrity author events.
Here are some highlights from yesterday’s chat:
Publishers are cutting back on author tours
People don’t like events that are just about the author reading from and/or signing their books
People want want to attend author events that offer more: Q+A’s with author; themed events; bookstores teaming up w/ another organization or company for event, e.g.: cook’s warehouse + wordsmiths events.
Regarding marketing for in-store author events:
Author events need to be about building, adding value to relationships – not just about immediate sales
Sales are a big goal behind author events, but bigger goal should be building relationships: between readers and authors; between readers and bookstore; and betweeen author and bookstore. A successful event brings all parties closer together, and will hopefully result in sales and return visits by author and by readers (word of mouth too).
Where possible, if libraries can work with indie/local booksellers in putting on events, it can be a win/win for everyone.
shayera @KatMeyer You have to be careful about selling in a library though. There are lots of rules about how to do it. #followreader
And that is just a small sampling of what was discussed. Again, you can read the archived chat in its entirety here.
Thanks again, everyone. During this time of giving thanks, those of us at Follow the Reader, want all of you to know how incredibly thankful we are to be a part of the bookish community, both online and in real life.