Good morning! My book presentation went really well and I’m very proud of it. One of the biggest satisfactions was to write the inscriptions on the books of future “Shielded”. My hands were shaking while writing. I was so excited! A girl came up to me and she looked all insecure and excited with my book in her hands waiting for an inscription, unaware that my levels of excitment were much higher than hers!
I thought of leaving you the videos of the first and second part of the presentation and a list of what to do to organise one (They are in Italian, sorry).
Have a good day, Shielded!
- Find a good location big enough to host at least 60 people. I was expecting about 30 people (being an unkown writer) and instead I had about 60. My presentation was held at my town Pro Loco
- Post the event on Facebook at least one month before and advertise often on the book page
- Send a broadcast list through Whasatpp to your contacts that live in the city where you will hold your presentation.
- Create a book trailer and show the first preview at the presentation (indicate this in the advertisment of your presentation)
- Ask somebody to present and interview you
- Ask somebody to read an extract from your book. Find somebody good not only to read but to act (you could find somebody at an acting school for example)
- Ask questions to the audience (you could ask a couple of friends to ask them considering that often people feel shy and you would risk that nobody will ask you a question
- Bring some coins to give the change (my book costs € 10,99 and I had 1 cent coins with me) because it’s not nice to round up to the nearest euro.
- Bring some pens to write inscriptions
- Bring at least 30 copies of your book
- Ask a printing press to print bookmarks. I made them through an online printing press (pressup) and I’ve created the design using Canva.com They are very much appreciated
- Organise a snack if you make the presentation after 7pm. It’s better if the food provider is located near the location of the presentation
- Record the event using a tripod not to have blurry images (I bought one on Amazon for € 16)
- Ask a friend to take pictures. Find somebody who is good at taking them!
- The interview, the book trailer showing, the reading of the extract and the audience questions shouldn’t exceed a total of half an hour otherwise people might get bored
- Find a trusted person that can take care of the cash register – he/she should sit near you so there will be two lines: one with people that need to pay and one with people that want an inscription
If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact me!