Attending book events may seem too troublesome or expensive to some authors, but I think they are important. Not only do you meet new readers, which is the most important reason for me to go, but depending on the event I can learn so much.
I recently attended Indie Book Fest 2017 in Orlando, a wonderfully organized annual event. It was my third time around and I had a blast. There were informative panels on Industry Day. I attended panels on How to Write a Realistic Fight Scene – wicked fun and taught by author L.E. Perez. I learned about how to better build my brand as an author. Look for more information on that in the days to come. AND I learned more about marketing than I can fit into my wee brain. Which is why I took gobs of notes.
I loved meeting new author friends and new readers and re-connecting with friends I’d already made. It recharges me as an author to be around those who write. It’s how I build those characters with passion, power and purpose! We sit around in the lobby of the hotel on the off hours and share so much information that it can make your head spin. Or was that the margaritas??
There are tons of events going on all over the place, some in your own neighborhood. Do some Google searches and search on Facebook. I know they seem expensive and if you avoid going because you won’t make your money back, go anyway. You won’t make your money back in most cases, but the other fringe benefits are very worth it.
Do research the event first. You do want to gauge if it is going to have enough attendees to get the above benefits, but usually if the event has happened multiple times it has gathered a following of fans.
Check some out and go have fun!