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The Author Event Primer

How to Plan, Execute and Enjoy Author Events

by Chapple Langemack

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Abortion in the United States

January 2007

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 204
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Adult Services and Programs/General
Description

Author events are a great way to build excitement and interest in books and reading. Now you can successfully plan and host author visits. This guide covers every step from why you should hold author events and how your organization can benefit to such logistics as selecting an author, choosing the type of event and venue, publicity, set-up, escorting, crowd control, and managing the autograph line. Filled with practicial tips, proven techniques, and anecdotes, this book will inspire you and get you through your author events with flying colors.

Author events are a great way to build excitement and interest in books and reading. With this guide in hand, you can easily and successfully plan and host author visits. The primer covers every step. It begins by explaining why you should hold author events and how your organization can benefit. It then goes on to such logistics as selecting an author, choosing the type of event and venue, publicity, setup, escorting, crowd control, and managing the autograph line. Filled with practical tips, proven techniques, and engaging anecdotes, this book will inspire you and get you through your author events with flying colors.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"If you suddenly find yourself in charge of planning an author event, or helping with one for the first time, Langemack's work provides a detailed roadmap on how to plan, organize, promote and host the event, as well as determining which author(s) to invite. Langemack thoughtfully includes a chapter on Hosting and Escorting, tips on what to do when you are waiting for the author to arrive, and what to do in case something goes wrong with your event....The appendix contains a sample event fact sheet, a sample sponsor proposal and a sample evaluation form. The chapter on additional resources is wonderfully comprehensive, containing resources for finding authors, publicity and marketing, fundraising, grant writing, and presentation skills. With Langemack's book in hand, hosting your next author event will be a snap!"—Colorado Association of Libraries

"Libraries sponsoring an author visit for the first time will find this guide clear and specific, whereas libraries with an established program will find Langemack's panoply of author events helpful in taking their programs to the next level."—VOYA

"Langemack gives practical guidance that will be useful to experienced and novice planners on how to host an author event. She covers everything, from reasons for having author visits to carrying off the really big do, with humor and experience. The text is supplemented with charts; sample event proposals, fact sheets, letters, forms, and emails; and sidebars that illustrate the good, the bad, and how good planning can keep disasters to a minimum. If you aren't a list maker, Langemack will turn you into one before she is through. The index is thorough and useful. Libraries that do such programs should add this to their professional collection and buy a copy for the circulating collection as well, since there is a chapter for the author who'd like to approach a libary about an event."—Booklist

"The subtitle of this book could have been Everything you need to know about how as host an author visit but were afraid to ask. This book will give readers everything they need from start to finish about hosting an author at their school or any type of library....It gives hosts everything from choosing an author, to selecting the venue and promoting the visit, to setting things up and managing the autograph line. With the increasing popularity of author visits, particularly in schools, this book will be an invaluable source. Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"This practical guide for librarians covers each stage of hosting an author event, from pitching the initial proposal through conducting a post-event evaluation. Topics include (for example) working with the media to promote the event; providing for authors' food and lodging needs; and managing the autograph line. The volume concludes with some tips for authors."—Reference & Research Book News

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