My publisher had a great idea and I’m going to take it. As I’ve mentioned earlier, sometimes it’s difficult for a new author to get into a bookstore for a reading/signing. (And sometimes, it’s not difficult at all. I’ve experienced both extremes — such are the conundrums of this business. You never know which doors will open or close.)

(Ironically, my husband is installing an interior door, just as I write this post.)

My publisher suggested I try to do an in-home author event for my book. This involves finding a friend or family member that would love to host a gathering, and holding it in their home. The result could be an intimate setting where you share your book, people purchase books and socialize, and fun is had by all. I like it. In fact, my brother is helping me put together such an event, in the near future. I think it will be great. I could approach friends with this idea, as well.

I’ve also found, in some cases, that pitching a reading with a workshop is of more interest to some bookstores. This depends on the venue, the space they have for a workshop (if any), and their level of interest.

A community group invited to me speak at their meeting a few nights ago. This is a great way to let people know what you’re about, know what you’re writing is about, and possibly sell a few books.

Entities such as community art centers sometimes have reading series, and these are good places to read your work, and meet new readers. I’ll be reading at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts on June 10.

(Check out the events page at my web site for upcoming author events and workshops. It’s updated all the time.)

More than ever, during this book promotion process, I’m learning to think outside the box. There are MANY opportunities to meet people, sell books, and build rapport with your audience, and they don’t have to all be defined by the typical author-comes-and-reads-in-a-bookstore model.

Keeping the doors half open,

Cat