Have Book, Will Travel: 8 Essentials for Author T

January 2001
by Gail Farrelly

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The more I travel to give talks about my books, the more I’m learning what to bring with me. If I’m still an author in the next life, maybe by that time, I will have finally gotten it right. In the meanwhile, here’s some advice based on what I’ve learned so far. When you’re on the book “talk” circuit, never leave home without…
1. A stack of index cards and several pens. You may be swamped with “fans” before or after your talk. Some may want to give you their names and/or pass along some relevant information. Or you may want to jot down some notes from a variety of individuals. I find that index cards are better than using a notebook. Several people can be filling out cards at the same time. And then the cards can simply be filed when you get home. You won’t have to recopy information. Developing an efficient filing system for keeping track of these notes is important. Keep clerical duties to a minimum, so that you can save plenty of time for writing your next book!
2. Your business cards. This is your chance to make some good contacts for future sales and presentations. Audience members who have enjoyed your talk may be eager to know where they may contact you to arrange for you to address other groups. When this happens to me, it gives my ego a boost. I know I’ve done a good job.

3. Lots of copies of your books to sell, if this is permitted at your event. You may want to bring in just a few copies in a small bag. Then leave a box o…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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