4 Reasons Why You Should Attend Author Events

Why You Should Attend Author Events

When reading a book, people often forget that the person who wrote the book is actually a real person.

He or she is not a myth, they are a human being just like you or I.

Of course, not every author is alive, great writers such as Hemingway or Fitzgerald have long since passed even though their books can be found in almost every book store, but many great writers are alive and well.

Some people say “Never meet your heroes,” but I disagree. Here are four reasons why you should go to author events and meet authors:

Meeting Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (retired Navy SEALs turned bestselling authors).

Meeting Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (retired Navy SEALs turned bestselling authors).

 

1) The event is likely free (And You might get free stuff)

As the old saying goes, “If it’s free, it’s for me.” A lot of author events are either free or super inexpensive.

If you could meet one of your favorite authors for free, why not go and do it?

I went to a book signing event and got to meet both Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. How much did I pay for that?

$0.

Granted, since it was free there were a lot of people and I had to wait in line for an hour or so, but you could always read in line or listen to a podcast while you wait.

Another event I went to where I met Ryan Holiday and Jame Altucher was free to attend but had a two drink minimum, which cost me about $20. However, I got a free brand new hardcover copy of Altucher’s book which retails for about $10 and a box of Athletic Greens supplements so the cost of the event covered itself.

Free admission to meet Jocko and Leif? Sign me up.

Free admission to meet Jocko and Leif? Sign me up.

2) You get to network with like-minded people

Will you meet your next best friend or future wife at one of these events?

It’s unlikely, but you do get to hang out with a lot of people that have similar goals and interests.

I’ve met a couple of people at these events and similarly to myself, they enjoy reading books and offered me some great book recommendations and I’ve been able to tell them about my site and gain new supporters.

Plus, many book readers are introverted so it’s a good idea to leave the house every now and then, socialize and talk with new people.


3) You can ask The author questions during Q&A

At every author event I’ve been to so far, there was a Questions & Answers session where anyone in the audience could ask the author questions.

Have you ever read a book and a question popped into your head and wished you could’ve called the author and asked them about it?

Well here’s your chance.

Successful authors are usually incredibly busy and many don’t respond on social media to the hundreds of questions asked in their comment section. Some authors offer consultation calls, but those cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, for a short 30 minute call.

At author events, you get the chance to ask the author a question free of charge.

Author event with Michael Scott Moore (left), who was held captive by Somali pirates for almost three years.

Author event with Michael Scott Moore (left), who was held captive by Somali pirates for almost three years.


4) You get to meet the author (and more!)

The final and most important reason why you should attend author events: You get to meet the author in person!

You realize the author is not a myth or some kind of mystical being.

They are just like us.

They worked exceptionally hard to write a great piece of work and share it with the world. Now you have the amazing opportunity to meet them.

Of course there are a ton of people that also want to meet the author so it isn’t like the two of you will sit down, drink some coffee and talk for 45 minutes, but you do get to spend a minute or two with them.

You can ask them a quick question, have your book signed and get a photo with them.

Every author I’ve met so far, (Navy SEAL, stoicism expert, successful entrepreneur or ultra endurance athlete) have all been friendly. None of them were rude and each experience was positive.

So go out there and meet the authors who have written books that you’ve enjoyed and made your life better.

And thank them for doing so.

Humbled to have met former Navy SEAL and ultra endurance athlete  David Goggins  (I highly recommend his book!).

Humbled to have met former Navy SEAL and ultra endurance athlete David Goggins (I highly recommend his book!).

Bonus:

Here are a few ways to find author events: Look at popular bookstores and check out their events page, look at author events on book publishers’ websites and follow the author you want to meet on Twitter and other social media forms.

Examples:


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