My sister Michele is back today with another discussion guest post! (Honestly, we talk so much about books, this might have to become a regular feature!) Today, Michele is talking about authors' feelings on publication day, specifically how they might feel about being asked about their next book when their current story is just making its way into the world! It's exciting to think about what might come next, but do you think it bums authors out a little if they just want to talk about this current book that they've spent so much time and energy on?
One of the bright spots over the past year has been authors doing more book release events via avenues such as Zoom. No longer do you need to live close to your favorite author to attend their in-person release party. Authors are teaming up with libraries and book sellers across the country to celebrate their newest releases and readers have been able to take part in these events from the comfort of our own homes.
The format of these events is usually similar – a greeting from the host, a discussion between our author and a moderator (usually another author who writes in a similar genre or is actually friends with the guest of honor) and a session dedicated to questions from the fans. Inevitably, someone wants to know what the author is working on next and I feel like this can create two different scenarios for the author.
On one hand, their career is based on fans continuing to buy their books. That kind of enthusiasm lets them know people are invested in what they do and want to continue to support them. On the other hand, it can create a ton of pressure. As someone who works in a decidedly uncreative field, it amazes me how authors can continuously generate new stories, worlds, and characters. Releasing one book into the world and celebrating that achievement while also being questioned on what is next seems so overwhelming to me. Perhaps authors want to allow their current book to live, breathe and find its success before the readers rush to worry what we will consume next.
Have you attended any author events via Zoom, Facebook or Instagram? If you could ask a question to your favorite author during an event like that, what would it be?