One of the things we were looking at with the Language of Bees tour has been how a series of library events would add to the mix. Author tours are generally organized by the Promotions department in the publishing house. Other forms of what might seem to be “promotion” to an outsider—such as ad campaigns and giveaways—are the concern of Marketing. And libraries are their own world entirely.
This means—and again, I speak generally—that if events at libraries are going to be worked into a book tour, it’s up to the author.
I’ve done any number of library events over the years, but the only such that I have done during a book tour have been in the Phoenix area, arranged by the Poisoned Pen bookstore (who also sells at those events.)
The prevailing attitude of publishers towards library events tends to be that they’re fine for building long-term relationships with readers, but a book tour is all about selling books.
So I thought I’d ask: How many of you came to be a reader of LRK’s books after meeting one in a library? How many of my books did you borrow before you went out and bought one?