Arielle Ford recently did an article on The Huffington Post called The Adventures of a Book Tour. She had some interesting experiences and knows of some others who did as well.
One example was “Andy” who had an interview on the Today Show, but showed up totally unprepared and untrained. “He never mentioned the title of his book or had any usable sound bites. The host of the interview never mentioned the title either. The book never sold and Andy never got another book deal.”
There were also examples that had happier ends, like one author who showed up multiple times for a TV interview, only to be bumped every time by the OJ Simpson trial. “He was very polite about it each time followed by "I was busy writing my next book anyway". He was asked back several times and is still a regular guest. The lesson here is to surprise the producers by not blowing up and instead by being understanding and gracious”
I have an example of a friend who showed up for a book signing at B&N, only to find the store had ordered books with a similar title (by a long dead author). No books to sign. Luckily, friends came to support her – one of them the owner of a local independent bookstore. That friend drove to her store and brought back all of the author's books that she had in stock.
How about you? Do you have any book tour adventures to share?
3 months ago