It’s great if you're doing okay by yourself, but you don't have to do it alone.
Personally, while I think the network will help increase sales for everyone who takes part, I believe the folks who already put themselves out there will benefit the most.
The subtle, but vital, difference in the approach to multi-author panel/Q&As is that you promote the event and the other writers as well as (and in the case of friends/family etc. instead of) yourself. This makes it a lot easier for writers to get the same people to attend more than one panel/Q&A etc.
Sure, you have to share the limelight at multi-author events, but how many people will come along, not even knowing you exist, but leave with a signed copy of one of your books?
Let’s not forget the potential publicity. From a 'name in the papers' point of view, potential readers are more likely to take an interest in a themed, multi-author event than one for one presented by a single, relatively unknown, writer.
Then there are the other authors. Some of them will be promoters like you. You'll hear about opportunities for book fairs and other writerly events which you may otherwise never have known about.
There’s a good chance the audience will include members of local writing/reading groups, who came because one of their own was participating. These are the kind of people you want to read your book, because if they like it, they'll promote it.
By all means. Why not contact the other contributors? If they live in or near New Jersey, encourage them to sign up too.
At present, we have one sister group, The Pennsylvania Authors Network, run by the inestimable John Evans. If you'd like to start a network in your state, contact email@example.com for help and advice
We don't charge a penny, provided you help promote the event, attendees are allowed in free, and participating authors are allowed to sell their books after the event.
No. There’s no charge for joining the network, and nobody should have to pay to take part in a signing (other than what they spend on their own flyers etc.).
Then relocate – just kidding. If you don’t see one near you, check your local library, they might host one. If not, visit bookstores in the area. Barnes & Noble encourages writing groups to use their stores as a meeting point.
If you still can’t find one, consider starting something up yourself, but do it for the love of writing, not because you want to sell your book. You’ll be surprised how much fun you can have.
Of course! But you can't sit on a panel until you actually have a book to sell.
Please link to us from your blog and/or website. In the 'Files' section of the Groups.io group, you'll find a compressed version of the spiffy NJAN banner (as seen on the homepage), feel free to use that.
Relax, if everybody plays their part, the event will be a success. That said, there’s no guarantee that people will buy your book – that depends on how well you do your ‘pitch’ (and of course, the quality of your work).
Sales tax is the responsibility of the seller. The state of New Jersey doesn’t care whether or not you actually charge sales tax, but they do expect their share of any sales you make.
Please note: Membership of the NJ Authors’ Network is free, but joining does not guarantee you a place on any multi-author signing, or the success of any event.