Book Readings!

My readings of verse from my book “Just Thinking” seems to have generated encouraging responses (see “My Dream” and “Just a Rose”) so now I am thinking about reading extracts from “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” in the obvious hope that it will be a good marketing idea … which is very important to me given that both books are supporting specific causes (both are non-profit for me).

Any thoughts and/or suggestions on how much to read (based on text? based on time?) would be appreciated. The only reservation I have is whether I can create the emotional responses that the book seems to do. The link below goes to an earlier book promo Post which should explain my reservation!

https://meandray.com/2016/05/19/emotional-writings/

Comments from experience as an author, or as a reader, would be welcomed.

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16 thoughts on “Book Readings!

  1. I would be lying if I didn’t say I love your accent! Plus, I think author readings are a very effective way to sell your books. Do you do any readings in your area? I think you mentioned once that you’ve been involved in some through the shelter where you got Ray?

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    • Hi Ann. No I haven’t. Our Humane Society is not supportive of the book as a fundraiser. Apparently they have a policy which restricts their involvement to only those ventures that were pre-approved by the local township, and I have not pursued that situation at this time. Readings in other areas have crossed my mind, but the hesitation is the additional cost of promoting a reading and the cost of books available for sale at the venue (which I would hope is free!). I am significantly in the “red” with “Who Said I was up for Adoption?”, but then, based on initial interest, I was expecting the Humane Society to promote via their various social media channels etc. This whole project did not workout the way I was expecting!

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  2. While not an author, I am an avid reader and lover of books. I would love to hear your oral presentation of Ray’s Book, I could listen to your voice for hours. As I am retired and the vast majority of those you would wish to reach are not, perhaps Willow’s suggestion is a more reasonable choice. Thank-you and please just do it!

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  3. I believe that in reading excerpts from your book you still will create an emotional response. Your writing is so good that the story will tug on the heart strings whether read or listened too. Who knows, it may tug on the heart strings even more when listened to.
    Your voice has a nice, gentle tone to it. It is easy to listen to, and draws you in. It is not the monotone voice of my High School teacher that makes you want to smack your head. Just saying. πŸ™‚
    I agree with Willow about keeping it to 15 minutes. I think that is a good length to hold someone’s attention. There could be times you read a heartwarming segment or funny one and times that you stop at a cliffhanger. All those ways should help create intrigue and suspense that leads the listener to buying the book. For some people can’t be left in suspense you know. πŸ™‚

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  4. I know nothing but based on radio 4 part of the BBC I find that the 15 minute readings and plays, stories are easier to take in and if your busy 15minutes with a cuppa and story is better than anything longer. … Just a suggestion πŸ’œπŸŒΉ

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