Our local Barnes and Noble invited me to conduct a book reading tomorrow, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s truly an honor to be recognized by my community.
That being said, I want to make sure I satisfy everyone’s expectations tomorrow. I’ve gotten so much positive feedback about the event that I honestly hope to leave everyone with a great feeling.
Typically, most book readings include a chapter reading (duh!) followed by a question and answer session. Finally, the author sits at a table and (hopefully) signs a few books that people have decided to purchase. That’s my plan as well because it seems to work.
However, I’d love to shake things up a bit.
I’ve given a few readings in my day, and I’ve also attended several by other authors. It’s always a fine line. Keep your reading and Q&A session too brief and you don’t capture people’s interest. Go on for too long and you bore people to death, which prompts their immediate retreat.
As a teacher, I’m accustomed to reading facial expressions. I can tell when I’ve got an engaged audience, and I know when I’m losing everyone. Typically, I react accordingly.
That being said, I’d like to know what you would like to experience while attending tomorrow’s reading. Is there anything in particular you would like to see or hear from an author? Just like with my classroom lessons, I’m always looking for ways to spice things up.
So sound off! Be heard! I would very much appreciate your thoughts in the comment section below …
I can’t wait to see you tomorrow! Remember, the event is Sunday, October 21st, at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be there until 4:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble will have plenty of copies available of my science fiction novel, Andropia. See you soon!