Nowadays most writers post on Facebook, tweet or retweet on Twitter, write blogs, blog hop, hold contests, put on Facebook events, create video chats, and… Well, the list goes on and on because writers are constantly trying to find ways to reach readers. And the advantage of the Internet is we can be everywhere—in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, Africa—anywhere a reader can connect to the Internet. It’s great, but personally, I still like the one-to-one interaction of book signings and group talks. For me there’s something special about being in the same place with the person I’m talking to. Last week I had that opportunity.
I and several other authors attended the “Girls Night Out” event in Saranac, Michigan.
The town blocks off a section of the street through town, there are merchant booths lining the sides of the street, there’s music playing, dancing, and the Saranac Public Library opens its doors and invites everyone in to MEET THE AUTHORS.
I’m not sure how many writers were invited, but (if I counted correctly) there were 17 of us there from 4 pm to 8 pm. Writers of mystery, romance, young adult, historical fiction, fantasy, a biography, and children’s books with fantastic art work. Some of the books were self-published, many were traditionally published.
It was an opportunity to talk to other writers and a chance to meet with and talk to readers. Oh, and of course, a chance to sell books.
Saranac is a little over an hour away from where I live, but another writer rode with me and we talked all the way there and all the way back, so the time went by quickly and I learned a bit about another publishing house. In addition to publicizing the event and having everything set up for us, the library provided dinner.
Was it worth it?
I think so. Today I received a fan letter from a woman who bought two of my books that night. Her letter really made me feel great. She loved Eat Crow and Die and couldn’t wait to start A Killer Past. They do say word of mouth is the best way to sell books.