Welcome to day two of Armchair BEA, the from home version of Book Expo America which I hope to attend someday. Let's just get straight into today's topics, shall we?
What Do Readers Want?
What I want as a reader is to be sucked in. I want a story to hold my attention and make me care. That is actually how I rate my books, based on how well they keep my attention. When it comes to events, I would like them to be spread out more. Maybe that's a weird way to say it. What I mean is, change the cities you visit. Don't always do the major ones, some of us can't make it to those. And if you insist on making them so far, can you make them at a reasonable time? Example: Most of the events are a two hour drive from me, but don't begin until 7 PM and on a week night. Let's say I only stay for an hour? I'm still not getting home until after 10 PM if I'm lucky. We all know well known authors might not get to everyone in a simple hour. This is why I rarely get to go to signings. Even pushing it up two hours would be nice. Maybe that's just me.
Let's Collaborate & Listen
Now this topic is about the change in the online book community within the past few years, but I've only been a part of it for a little over two and I haven't seen much change. I mean authors are more interactive than ever which is great! But recently a lot of things have been happening that might change this and we as a community need to be mindful. That's really all I have to say on the subject.
I hope you'll be back for the next few days of Armchair BEA. I am having a lot of fun participating and I hope you are enjoying it too.