Let me preface this by saying I am not an expert on this topic. I’m not an expert on anything, really. But, I feel I owe my perspective to my fellow creatives to help them out on their own journeys.
As a creative, you want to feel recognition for the work you do, and you want to be able to get the word out about that awesome stuff. There are many ways you can do this; social media, word of mouth, friends, family, and so on.
But another way, a more daring way, to get the word out is to book a speaking event. An author talk, in my world at least. This is essential, in my opinion, and not only does it help get the word out, it’s also a great way to meet the people who will read your work.
My experience is limited, but from the two author talks I’ve had so far, I can say that they have been invaluable. Yes, the turnouts may be small and yes, the events may be few and far between, but there’s no substitute for the passion that comes from a live audience. I’ve found that engaging with people at an event provides a lot of insight. You’ll learn about what parts of your work resonates, what elements of your writing are strongest and which ones need work.
Author talks also work as inspiration sessions, both for yourself and your audience. I find that talking about my journey and writing process gives others inspiration to start their own journey and acts as a reflection on all that I’ve done to get to this point.
All in all, author talks are a great medium for any creative looking to put their work out there. It can be hard to promote yourself and even harder if you’re not good in front of crowds, but that’s a conversation for another day. I hope I’ve encouraged you to take that step for yourself and get out there. Even if you don’t want to.
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