Just wondering if anyone ever tried doing that and how did you go about getting a shop to host a reading? And did it help with getting ppl interested? Thanks.
I'm interested in this topic also. Will let you know if I find something out!
Thx, Kristen! Networking over the internets has its ups and downs, but I just wanted to know what connecting with potential readers IRL would be like, LOL ;)
Ugh! Not so much.
People coming in to a coffee shop are looking for coffee - your OWN followers will show up at a reading (from my experience and the experience of my author friends in this quaint Northwest town I live in ;) but spending an hour or two at a coffee shop -- opposed to reaching thousands on the global internet? No contest.
If you want to read, in your voice, to your potential readers, why not do a YouTube video with seven slides made into a 'MovieMaker' or iMovie program and reach [again] thousands.
Internet tools (YouTube, Twitter, PR Log news releases, etc) are SO TOTALLY re-usable. You go to a coffee shop, you read, you're gone. It's a one-time deal.
Same thing goes for book store signings!! Only in the movies, at book conventions, and for celebrities do readers queue in long lines to get an author's signed book.
Short of it: Stick to global internet marketing. And, Best Wishes on Your Literary Success!
Thanks, Emily! Wanted to get away from the www for a while, but I see it's a necessary evil. Thanks again!
Emily, thanks for reminding me that I don't use YouTube nearly as much as I should. You rock!
Thank you, Kirsten. You're so nice! ;D
I get WAY too self-conscience when I'm actually on camera; so here is how I handled my 'Author Reads' on YouTube.
Because Twitter will only allow one to tweet a particular URL one-time per hour (? is it?) I usually change out one slide, reLoad the 'movie' sequence to YouTube and thus get two (or more) of the same basic 'read' which gives me that many more Tweets per same-message. Does that make sense?
(although I see that I have way under-utilized this video.) I have three 'reads' video in this sequence. This 40-second read used six slides to seven-frames, using the Ken Burns effect on iMovies. Frankly, I prefer MovieMaker because it has more capability.
Well done. You created that with iMovies?
Damn! I am impressed with your voice and intonation, Emily. If you ever start doing it professionally lemme know I will send you a physical copy of my book to your home at my own expense, lol!
In India, its happening and bloggers and readers do visit these High Tea sessions to have a chit chat with the Authors.. I have been to such events and I quite enjoy them..
That's so cool! Maybe I should move to India and market my book there, LOL :)
Okay! I have a fresh test-bunny ~*~
My girlfriend, who just published the stunning '84 Ribbons' [ballet for YA] through Tendril Press [I recommend them] is holding a party open to the public at a local yogurt shop tomorrow.
For her last book she held a book signing at the local bookshop and four people wandered in (one of them me, so that doesn't really count) --- I'll let everyone know if THIS non-book store venue does any better after being widely advertised in our little town paper (population 30,000)
Thanks, Emily - keep us posted. And you DO count!!! I bet to her, you were the most important person there :-)