Monday, January 25, 2010

Author event at local business involves social networking

Last week I posted a blog about how to support your local author. This week, I thought I would share with you some photos and quips about how a local book event went.

This past Saturday, Nora LeDuc and I had a book event at Big Easy Bagel in Manchester. I have known Nora and the owners of Big Easy Bagel for years so to host event there and with Nora makes the event that much more comfortable. I also know many of the regular customers so it’s always nice to see smiling and supportive faces.

I believe that a successful event is not necessarily one in which you sell out of books, but is one in which you have fun and reach one new reader. I surpassed my goal so this was a very successful event.

In addition, a successful event benefits not just the authors, but also the local business that hosts the event. Big Easy benefited because everyone who came in to buy a book or see the authors bought a cup of coffee, a bagel, or some French fries, etc. I mentioned that win-win situation in Friday’s blog post.

To top that off, some writer friends showed up to support Nora and I so we had the opportunity to talk with people we had not seen in a while. One of those writers is Stephanie Giancola who writes a national column for You can see her columns here: Between Stephanie and me, we will both write up an article (or in my case a blog post) on the event and include some pictures. This will further promote the authors, the restaurant (Big Easy Bagel), and Stephanie’s column.

This is the epitome of social networking and marketing at its best.

The next event that Nora and I will be at together is February 13, at Toadstool Bookstore in Milford Stephanie Giancola will be there as well as a few more writer friends and hopefully some friends who own Afterwards we plan on celebrating the event the same way we celebrated the book event at Big Easy Bagel – with margaritas. We will be visiting the local Three Amigos in Milford afterwards. See…social networking.


Betty Gordon January 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

Denise, it looks like you and your friends had a great time.

Signings are fun--getting reacquainted with friends, meeting new ones.

Thanks for sending.

Betty Gordon

Denise January 25, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

Thanks, Betty. We had a wonderful time during and after the event.

MJ January 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

You are always thinking. You're inspirational.

Loretta January 25, 2010 at 10:04 AM  


Oh heck, I wish I'd been there! Looks like sooo much fun:)...And it's great that both you and the restaurant benefitted while having a great time!


Denise January 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Thanks, MJ. That means a lot.

Lo - I wish you had been there. I think maybe we should do something together. I'll fly South...only if it's warmer. :-)

April January 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

It looks as though you had so much fun, Denise!! Love the pictures! You need to come over to Iowa to visit your gma and do an author visit!! Iowa City would be perfect, lol!!

Denise January 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM  

April - My gma and other relatives would probably love that. And I am thinking of some roadtrips this year so maybe after the snow is gone. I can see me doing a book event in the middle of walking some beans. HA!

Emma Leigh January 26, 2010 at 6:08 AM  

It was a great time! Glad I could bring my daughter to enjoy the experience.

Denise January 26, 2010 at 7:02 AM  

I was glad you brought your daughter too. It was nice meeting her.

The Belle in Blue January 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

I'm so jealous that I couldn't join you! Hey--why don't you come to Mobile for Mardi Gras (waaaayyyy better than that nonsense they have in N.O.) and do an event here!

Denise January 27, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

Seriously - Mardi Gras in Alabama? Cool! I'd go. It's been too long since I went South.

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