The Best Things About Going to Author Events

Just because you’re a book lover doesn’t mean you have ever attended or see the benefit of attending an author event. Some might even say, “What’s the big deal? Why should I go to an author event- especially if I don’t know who the author is?”

Author Deedee Cummings at an author event in Lexington, Kentucky. These lucky kids received a copy of her book.

There are plenty of reasons to attend an author event at your local bookstore, school or library, but here are five:

1–It’s free.

The price of everything has gone up, especially eggs (or at least that’s what the memes have been saying), but the cost of most author events is FREE. If funds are tight, you can attend an author event and give yourself something to do as well as meet new people.

2–It’s educational.

You can learn a lot at an author event. Books are like exposing us to different worlds. Your whole mind can be lit up by new facts and information you will learn. You never know– you may even be inspired to write a book of your own!

3–It’s a way to support local libraries.

Attending author events hosted by your local library shows the library that you value what they do. (Libraries do all kinds of record-keeping to prove just how much value they provide to the community, including how many people attend their community events. This plays a role in their funding, including if they decide to write additional grants.)

4–It’s a way to support local book stores.

Even if you don’t buy a book at an author event, you may buy a coffee at the book store. Or you may remember the book store the next time you WANT to buy a book, even if it isn’t the book by that author whose event you attended. You are also contributing to their foot traffic which is always a plus. Your energy in the building is requested and appreciated!

5–It’s fun.

Author events are fun! The authors often share their writing misadventures (how the last chapter kept them up for three days in a row), or they tell anecdotes about their lives that we would never get from just reading their book. Sometimes an author event includes free food or a game. Chances are you will definitely find something that makes this worth your while.

There are so many more reasons to get up and get out and try something different. Give author visits a try!

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 16 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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