Surviving Live Events – Part II ~ Finding a Venue

The decision has been made and you are looking for a place to showcase your books. Congratulations. This isn’t an easy thing for a writer to do, especially if you are an introvert who prefers a computer screen to crowds. The next step you need to take is to find a place that is compatible with what you are trying to accomplish. Sales are an obvious goal, but there are other things to consider as well, including, but not limited to, networking, exposure, meeting existing fans, making one or two new fans, and experience. Different venues will provide you with one or more of those and each has its own value. But, in a world of book shows, fan expos, comic-cons, street festivals, art shows and other events, it can be difficult to figure out the best place to start. Whatever you choose to do, document it with programs, pictures, listings, fliers, newspaper clippings, and anything else you can get your hands on with your name or books listed. This is the start of your event portfolio. Be creative. Make a scrapbook or photo album to display at future events for people to browse through. Everyone looks for someone with experience. The more people who know your name, the more attractive you are to event coordinators.