How To : Book Readings!
So your new book just came out, and you’re wondering, “How did so-and-so get that book reading set up?”
Sometimes your publisher helps set these up, but more often than not, it’s up to the author, illustrator, or author-illustrator to set up!
Here’s a way you can do this :
Visit your local bookstore
Say hello to the bookseller working there and tell them about your book and your interest in doing a book reading at their store. They will give you the card or email of the right person to connect with (the store owner or event coordinator).
Set the time and day.
Go to a book reading!
Go to as many as you can! This is your time to research.
Plan your book reading
Some bookstores ask for an activity or discussion in addition to your reading. Book readings can last 15 to 30 minutes. If you’re reading a picture book, how are you going to fill the rest of that time? You could share your process, talk about the story topic, prepare a craft, live draw. Find what works best for you.
Spread the word!
Invite your friends and family. Use your social media. Ask friends to tell their friends!
Book readings can be an amazingly awarding experience. It’s an opportunity to meet and understand booksellers. Best of all, you can see how your book impacts your readers first hand!
Bookstores typically like to schedule about 6 weeks in advance.
If the bookstore does not have bandwidth for your book or feels like your book does not fit their niche, never fear! You can try talking to other bookstores! You can also do an Instagram or Facebook Live reading!
Store owners and booksellers prefer to be contacted through email if you cannot make it into their store.
If you’re an illustrator and plan to draw, inquire about easel and paper.