Sunday, April 15, 2018

5 Things I Like To See At Author Events

5 Things I Like To See At Author Events

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to go to a few author events. I'm always on the look out for other events near me. From my experience, I have seen some events that were wonderfully organized, while others were lacking, while a few were just plain awful.

When thinking about these experiences, I've realized that there are a few key things that I like to see at author events.

Let's dive in!

5 Things I Like To See At Author Events

Plenty of seating.
This is so important. I personally don't mind standing, but it's a bit of a bummer when the room is packed and all of the seats are filled.

Free bottles of water.
I usually have a drink of some sort with me, whether that's water or a tea. However, I've been to a few author events where outside drinks were not allowed, and the location didn't sell drinks or have a water fountain.

Adequate speaking and signing time for the author.
I've been to a few events that felt very rushed both with the discussion and the signing that totally ruined the experience for me. I totally understand that authors and store employees need to keep a schedule, but when I see events that are advertised as only an hour long, I probably won't attend. That's just not enough time!

The opportunity to pose for photos with the author.
Of course I totally understand that some authors may request no photos, and that in other situations there simply isn't time. But I love when authors and event hosts allow it!

The opportunity (but not a requirement) to purchase the authors latest book.
I get why some authors require you to purchase the book then and there, but for pretty obvious reasons, I prefer when that is optional. At many events, I end up bringing a book that I already own to have signed.

Goodies. 
Who doesn't love walking away with a little gift?! I've seen free things offered like bookmarks, pins, artwork, and such. But I also love when things are offered for sale at the location; things like mugs, t-shirts, and other such things.


Thanks for reading!
What are some things that you like seeing at author events?

26 comments:

  1. Fun post! I tend to go to author events at a local bookstore, so they are usually handled well. But yeah, it wouldn't be fun to not have a place to sit if it's a longer event - and having an event that's only an hour? How does that even work? It's like they don't expect people to show up!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. I totally agree with your list. I love meeting authors, and I hate when I feel rushed and don't have time to speak with my favorite author. Thanks for sharing this list.

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  3. Ugh! I hate when you HAVE to buy a book at the signing. So annoying!

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  4. I love author events! And this is a great topic! I like to bring a book too so the buying requirement can be a little annoying. And yes an hour is usually NOT enough, in my experience, especially if the author is popular at all. Plenty of seating is big too.

    Nice post!

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    1. Thank you! I need to get to more author events! I'd love to see your take on a list like this! :)

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  5. Very good list. Honestly I'd just like to see more in my area..

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    1. Same here. Especially authors that I know... I'm on the hunt this summer! There have got to be some interesting ones near me somewhere!

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  6. I would like to see crowds! I’ve never been to an event for a super-popular author, but I have been to a lot of events for lesser-known authors. Some of them were very, very empty.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Ah yeah, that's always a struggle. I've seen a few with a tiny crowd as well. Sometimes that works in the authors favor because they can really talk to everyone! :) But I can only imagine how upsetting it is to have a small turnout.

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  7. Ample seating is a must! I've been to a handful of author events where the venue either ran our of chairs or was grossly unaware of the number of attendees. Standing for about an hour is fine, but I start to get antsy. I can't even imagine those who can't stand for that long.

    I feel you about water bottles but I also don't want them. Only because of the amount of plastic that would leave. If pubs could give out more water bottle swags, I'd be happy! :)

    And yes, I love having the opportunity for a photo! Maddie Z from Dance Moms (and SIA's videos) didn't allow photos, which I completely understand since she's a minor.

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  8. Definitely agree about seating and non-required book purchases! I'm particularly conflicted about the second when a signing is at a local independent bookstore. They're less likely to discount books, so a new HC release can cost upwards of $20 and I know that's not always feasible for fans. I wish they would encourage guests to make *a* purchase so that folks aren't as pressured to essentially pay admission at a signing.

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  9. Seating is a big one. I *really* dont want to stand throughout an entire event. And not having to purchase the book at the event is important to me. Most often, by the time I learn of an event I’ve long since purchased the book and I certainly don’t want to have to buy a second copy.

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  10. I've never been to an author event, but I totally agree with all your points. Such good ideas, ones that honestly seem like them should be a given.
    Fantastic post, Erica!

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    1. Right? I've been to a number of great events, but I've also been to some rough ones!

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  11. Ugh in our country, we have this big bookstore that hosts majority of the bookish events we have, and it's always a requirement that we buy the book from their brand, which is a HUGE turnoff for me. We also literally only get like 30 seconds to chat with the author, and they're not allowed to sign non-book items we bring. It just sucks and ruins the whole thing for me.

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  12. I haven't been to an author event, but I'd be giving them major side-eye if buying the book was required. What happens when you already own the book? Does that mean you have to buy another copy?

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  13. I would love if there were a guest book of some sort for those who want to connect with other attendees.

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