In a packed room at the Saturday Morning AuthorU meeting, the new owner of the Tattered Cover Bookstore, Len Vlahos, gave an inspiring and information presentation to local authors at the November gathering of AuthorU members.
A new program for local authors is in the works with Matilde Marrero-VanFleet leading the way and serving as the contact for local authors. Once the Tattered Cover has their new computer system in place, the Local Author Program details will be finalized at that time as well. This was great news for the local AuthorU community as rumors that the local author program had been cancelled was put to rest. The Tattered Cover Bookstore will be working with local authors for selling their books at their 3 main locations, conducting events such as book launches and book readings and maintaining their local and Indie bookstore roots.
- One of the elements that was stressed was this: if you … as and author and publisher … are not committed to pushing your buyers and followers to the book store, don’t bother to try to get your book in. It must be a “partnership” –authors supporting bookstores.
- The Tattered Cover has “done away” with the Local Author section in the bookstore. The reality per Len is that it didn’t sell books.
- If you are going to seek a book signing event, get ready to bring in at least 30 people — meaning books will be bought. The Tattered Cover is bombarded with authors and publishers desiring to be featured. Again, if you are, bring the buyers.
Author U is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the author who wants to be seriously successful. Monthly education programs delivered face-to-face and online, The Author Resource ezine, BookCamps and the annual Author U Extravaganza are tools designed for authors pre, during and post publishing of their books. Join AuthorU.org today.
If you are looking for FREE author and book coaching … call in to Judith’s Author Monday Mornings at NOON Eastern each Monday. The number is 218-632-9854; Access Code 1239874444 … have your questions ready–there’s a full hour to ask and listen.
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