What public events are authors expected to attend?
Other than book signings are there any other events that an author should attend to promote his work?
What other means of promotion are there?
Suggestion by Dante’s love
If there is a midnight release party, an author could always attend one of those. J.K. Rowling also to promote her books had a reading somewhere where she read a few chapters or so of one of the HP books after it came out. But book signings and tours are usually the most common way for authors to promote a book.
Suggestion by calliecappy18
What events an author is “expected” to attend and “should” attend can be very different things.
In fact, some authors are reclusive and never appear in public at all.
Also, unless you are a very big name author, your publisher is not going to be arranging any book signing tours for you. The author is expected to do this for themselves, so most signings tend to be local. Small, independently owned book stores tend to be more approachable and ‘local author friendly’ than the large chain stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble.
Other events can depend on the kind of books the author has published and how out-going the author is. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, thriller, and romance all have conferences and conventions that have at least some author friendly events. Some of these events are regional and others are national or even worldwide.
What other means of promotion are there? In a word, LOTS. Authors can have book marks, post cards, or brochures printed and mail them to booksellers and/or readers. There are a thousand little doo-dads that can be imprinted with your name and book title, pens, pencils, magnets, note pads, key chains, to name a few (try Cafe Press or Vista Print online). Online blogs and contests are great places to give away free autographed copies of your book.
As for speaking engagements, I myself have given workshops at a couple of local writers organizations, and I’ll be speaking at a local library as part of their summer reading program for adults. You can also teach online classes or participate in forums and chats.
Opportunities to promote your work are limited mostly by the author’s imagination, time, energy, and budget.
Suggestion by akaMaryn
If you do no promotion, your sales might be okay, but if you promote yourself at every opportunity, you can drive them upward, sometimes substantially.
Do signings in every bookstore where you live. Some people will buy your book. Get the store’s employees to like you (bring doughnuts!) and some of them will buy your book, too.
Visit distant friends and family the year your book comes out–and arrange signings at every bookstore there, too. Some of them will buy your book.
Attend writers’ and book-sellers’ conventions and let organizers know you are available to speak on panels. Some who heard you will buy your book.
Be prepared to set up a sales table and to give away bookmarks or other small items imprinted with your cover, at your own expense, at conventions, chatting with whoever comes along. Some of those people will buy your book from you, others later.
Send press releases to local media, from the paper to magazines to the alternative/underground paper to TV to radio. Make yourself available for on-air interviews. Some of the media employees, and some of its audience, will buy your book.
Teach one-evening-only classes for free at area colleges and high schools, sharing the basics which led you to publication. Some of those students will buy your book.
Give readings at local libraries, where nobody is expected to buy a thing. Some of the attendees will buy your book.
Find groups whose interest is a major aspect of your book. Offer to speak at their meeting for free about their interest as it relates to your book. Some of them will buy your book.
You can sell hundreds, maybe even thousands, more copies if you take advantage of every opportunity to market yourself. Many authors find this hard, as we’re often shy and reclusive, but if you can make yourself do it, your sales will increase.
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Get started in the world of acting?
I’m 14 and absolutely love acting. I want to be an actor but have no idea to get started. I’ve not got any experience in acting apart from primary school plays. I have received options for my GCSE and am thinking of picking this drama, history and then either media studies or business studies as a back up. Please could you give me agents numbers, acting classes anything and everything that could improve my chances of making it in the industry. ALL help is appreciated.
Suggestion by anunnaki
I’m not experienced in this, but I would agree that connections matter the most in this profession. So you gotta start making them now. Start with the drama coach at your school, or other local schools. Find an online forum related to theater and drama (for teens or aspiring actors). Find others who are successful at your age and collaborate… ask them if they have agents, etc
Suggestion by writing89
Since you are just getting started I suggest take it slow. You want to audition for plays at school and community theatre. So many people your age think if they can get an agent then they can land a spot on the Red Carpet- it doesn’t work that way. Start slow, get your feet wet and see if this is something you REALLY want to do. Remember there are a LOT of unemployed actors in the world, and only a few ever “make it big”
Suggestion by Lee C.
I agree take it slow. Don’t get ahead of yourself and start looking for an agent just yet. Sign up for your drama class and get to know the teacher he or she may have some audition materials and can help you further your career. Get involved in your school plays and community theater. Another great way to get involved is by being in student films at your local college. They almost always need actors to you should give them a buzz on when their next auditions are.
Look up acting classes in your phone book or even ask your community theater if they have any workshops coming up (they usually do in my area).
Loving acting isn’t enough to make it as a successful actor, you have to train and hone your skills and actually perform, whether in theater or film.
Best of luck
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