How do authors "connect" with readers? That's a great question, isn't it?
Here are some ideas for you to try. Not every method works for every author or genre, so see what works best for you.
The obvious: Use Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.).
- Be social, not just a salesperson
- Share your expertise (i.e. hobbies often have popular forums to participate in)
- Blog or Video-log or Podcast (the key here is participation - be seen and heard)
- Press Releases to local news and magazines (don't forget regional and national, too)
- Approach book groups (book clubs often pick a genre to read so find one that reads what you write)
- Find the niche that will gain the most from the theme of your story (i.e. knitters or quilters often like to read stories about their craft) and offer to speak to their group about their subject
- Local and Regional bookstores (independent, chain or university)
- Speak at Libraries or participate in local author events, workshops or conferences
Once you do have an opportunity to speak here are some tips on how to "connect."
- Have a conversation with the audience (what is your favorite book? what is your favorite character in literature?) Don't just be a talking head!
- When and if you get around to talking about your own book ask them questions
- How did the story make you feel?
- What has been your experience with the story's main theme?
- What part touched you the most?
- Did the story create a question in your mind that was NOT answered?
- People talk about things that make them feel good.
- People want to feel sharp and in-the-know.
- People like stories that are smart and funny and don't make them feel behind the times.
MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SPECIAL
Don't forget to Smile. Make Eye Contact. Laugh at yourself. Be yourself. Share.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday everyone!
Bonnie (BD) Tharp is an award-winning author of women's fiction, with novels FEISTY FAMILY VALUES and PATCHWORK FAMILY. Also, the author of Kindle ebook short stories: THE CROSSROADS & EARL DIVINE.