Hello and Happy Saturday! Last night I had the privilege and pleasure to dine with a few good friends and wonderful authors Michelle Zink and Malinda Lo. I fascinated, listening to their conversation about books, writing and then the subject of author signings. They both wanted to know what we as readers/book event attendees enjoy about ....book events.
As we all pondered this subject and gave our opinions and ideas. I had seemed to internalize this subject and it stayed in my brain all night and when I woke up this morning I wanted to know what others think about this subject.
Aside from the fact that your going to meet an author that you adore and will travel minutes to even hours to see in person.
What makes for a good book event?
What made it stand out for you?
What are we hoping to come away with from the experience?
What do we wish would have happened instead?
Do you like having the author read from their book? Or do you enjoy a Q & A session?
I know that I enjoy it when an author has audience participation, when they ask us the questions. I love finding out about their journey into writing and any advice they give to aspiring authors. I also love swag; bookmarks, pens, rubber bracelets and such but that is just a bonus and not expected at any time I go to see an author. My favorite part is getting to ask that particular author a question that has burned within me since I read their book and then getting it answered....hazzzah! I will admit to disliking questions being asked of the author that have NOTHING to do with their book, their craft or the subject at hand. I think it takes away from someone that has a genuine question.
So, now the ball is in your court. What do you think about them? :)