Author Tours

October 5th, 2010 • Kate

kbfJust a quickie blog post today, as I’m trying to get through more queries, and get ready to take Trixie to the Tattered Cover tonight to see Mo Willems read from his new book, Knuffle Bunny Free. Trixie is very excited — as are Rexroth and myself. And I’m curious to know — what do you think makes a good author visit? I don’t think it’s all about the reading, although I enjoy that. I love when the audience truly gets to interact with the author, in terms of questions or what have you.

What do you think? What’s your dream author event look like?

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5 Responses to “Author Tours”

  1. Samantha Rowan Says:

    I would like to hear how authors work around problems in their books, lots of good questions from the audience and bacon. I love bacon!

  2. Olivia Says:

    At my ideal author event (and this happened when John Flanagan came to my town), the author talks for a bit, answers questions, and then during the signing portion, there's enough time that you can have decent conversations with him/her. For instance, me and Mr. Flanagan talked about my novel and he gave some advice and we joked around a bit. It was awesome.

  3. Bess Says:

    To make a good reading, it should take place at either an awesome independent bookstore or another unique locale. Food or music if it fits in with the book's theme is a neat addition. The author could tell a little bit about why they chose what they are going to read and then definitely open it up to a Q and A afterwards. Great question. I look forward to seeing others' ideas.

  4. Shannon Says:

    Ummm, yeah. I haven't gotten past the dream of having a book with my name on it published.

    I think if I showed up to a book store where 1 or more people were actually there to see me – like on purpose and not just some friend I hadn't seen in years – that would be awesome.

  5. Meghan Says:

    Haha I agree with you Shannon. I want someone to be there, and not because they have to be, like family or friends who are supportive even if they don't love the book!

    Also, can there be classy finger foods, and maybe wine?