“Like author Brian Kerr, I am beginning to give author talks once more. In fact, with Zoom, I did not totally pause these activities, giving two talks during the pandemic.
I have two bookings for this year, one later this month and another in November. Nothing like the five I did in 2019 before the first lock down, but it is early days. We are also only just coming out of mask wearing towards the end of April up here in Scotland, and so we don’t have quite the same sense of normality that those down south are enjoying.
I have two themes at the moment:
Coincidences in the life of an author
Early female aviators and other interesting flying facts
These talks have so many benefits:
Getting to know new readers and a wider audience
Exploring themes related to my writing
Sharing interesting ideas gleaned whilst researching, many of which do not get into my novels.
Hopefully selling some books too (I usually give a special offer and round the price to the nearest pound for ease of change giving. At first I took a bag of pound coins and pennies for £8.99, but decided very soon that it was a bit silly!)”
It is most enjoyable, especially the conversation afterwards.
“If you would like any of out authors to give a talk you could get in touch with us at Eventispress:
or click on the author page and contact each directly. “
“It may be spring but if you are charged with the task of lining up a list of speakers for your club or society next winter, this is the time to be active. Suddenly face to face meetings with tea and biscuits, or perhaps wine and cheese in more affluent parts of the country, is back in fashion and speakers are in demand. Church groups, Rotary clubs, University of the Third Age, WI gatherings are all fruitful contacts.
In the last few weeks, I have spoken to a gathering of geologists in a school – only about a dozen; and a U3A group – in excess of fifty in a room at the back of a pub in Luton. This does generate book sales on the day – making the books a round price of £5, £10, or £15 helps otherwise there is a messy problem of carrying old fashioned coins as change.
Book clubs are interested in meeting a local author and many people have an interest in self-publishing which they have read about but few understand. There is also an informal network of speakers and your name often is passed on generating more speaking engagements.
Some groups with sound finances will even pay for a speaker. There is usually an acceptable scale of charges so it is best to find out the going rate before they pose the question.”
Brian Kerr’s latest release is How to Value a Skylark ~ The Countryside in a Time of Change