Many Indie authors struggle to get their works before the public for a number of reasons and it is often difficult to gain the attention of readers. I have experienced all sorts of ways to expose my work to potential readers in different parts of the country. Some of the events I have attended draw few people while others find large turnouts.
It is often difficult to know why there is such a disparity in the success of these events. I personally think it has a lot to do with the ability of the sponsoring organization or group to know how to publicize and promote in today’s environment.
Yesterday, I was part of a book signing event hosted by the local public library in Kirbyville, Texas that was very well planned, implemented and attended by the reading public. This small town Librarian is a woman of vision who knows how to communicate with her community and I hope I can encourage other librarians to check into what this one has done and begin to copy her success.
Events like this not only build a strong base of support for the local library, but do great good for the indie authors in their area as well. I would like to encourage any librarian to contact the Kirbyville Public Library to find out how such an event can benefit their situation.
I was just one of 15 authors invited to attend this event where we spent 4 hours meeting members of the community, signing books and sharing with one another while helping the library to broaden its clientele base considerably. While I personally sold many books, I know that the library’s reputation was enhanced by this event as well.
I am attaching a few photos that I hope will be helpful to other librarians who might want to consider such an event. If you know of librarians who may be helped by sponsoring a “Book Signing” event, I hope you will forward a link to this article to them.
If you are an author, you might also want to contact Pearl Phillips at the Kirbyville Public Library and learn how she has produced a very fine event which she says is going to now be an annual item on the caledar. Here is a link: http://kirbyvillelibrary.org/