How to Get Author Visit Bookings as a New Author

How to Get Author Visit Bookings as a New Author

Being an indie author is already a crazy juggling act with the insane number of hats we have to wear. Navigating the world of author visits can present its own unique set of challenges too, especially for us newbies. If you're finding it tough to secure those coveted bookings, trust me, you're not alone. I've recently experienced some major pain points myself:

Common Pain Points

Finding Contacts: Reaching out to schools and libraries without knowing the right contacts is a total time suck and often leads to frustrating dead ends. From my experience, the PTA, librarian, or media specialist have been the golden contacts to connect with.

Managing Communications: Keeping track of all the emails and calls while trying to schedule visits can become overwhelming AF, especially when you're juggling a million other author responsibilities. To keep my life somewhat in order, I live by G-Suite's organizational powers.

Ensuring Credibility: Convincing institutions that you're a valuable author worth booking, particularly if you're new to the game, can be straight-up daunting. Sure, you might be an amazing writer, but you need that extra entertainment factor to truly stand out from the crowd.


Methods to Get Booked as an Author

Leverage Social Media: Use platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to shamelessly promote your availability for author visits. Share those glowing testimonials from previous events to attract all the interest.
Create a Professional Website: Make sure your website is a shining beacon highlighting your availability for school visits, includes an easy booking form, and showcases your past events and testimonials.
Join Author Networks: Get your network on in those author groups and associations where you can connect with educators and librarians actively looking for author visits.
Offer Virtual Visits: With the digital age in full swing, offer virtual author visits to expand your reach and accommodate institutions with tight budgets.
Attend Book Fairs and Conferences: Engage with educators and librarians at these events to promote your availability for visits and build those invaluable connections.
Reach Out to Schools Directly: Contact schools in your area or ones you're interested in visiting. Introduce yourself, share your portfolio, and express your burning desire for an author event at their school.

What If There Was an Easier Solution?

Enter – the proverbial easy button I just discovered! This innovative platform is about to make the process of booking author visits smoother and more efficient than ever before.

What is is a nationwide matchmaking platform connecting authors like us with schools, libraries, and various organizations. It streamlines the entire process of booking author visits, making it simpler for us to engage with our readers. And get this – it even seems to have the capability of facilitating bulk orders! A dream come true, am I right?

Why Should Authors Use

Expand Your Reach: Connect with institutions across the country, opening new opportunities to reach a wider audience and share your work with diverse communities.
Streamlined Booking: Easily manage your schedule and confirm events without the hassle of back-and-forth communications.
Vetted Institutions: Partner with reputable schools and organizations that are genuinely interested in hosting author events, ensuring your time and effort are well spent.
Secure and Professional: With private, secure access and a user-friendly interface, makes it easy to handle bookings and communications like a total pro.

Get Ready for the Beta Launch!

The beta for authors opens in September, and I can't wait to dive in headfirst! This platform is set to transform how we connect with schools and libraries, making it simpler than ever to share our stories with young readers. You know I'll be updating you along the way with helpful reviews and everything I learn too!

Stay tuned for more updates! Game-changing stuff, my friends!

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