“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” – Edward de Bono
My post on Monday on innovative marketing techniques and Tuesday’s blog on Straight from Hel, about thinking outside the box for book signing venues, elicited some interesting replies. For instance Marvin Wilson, once held a book signing at a farmer’s market; Morgan Mandel is planning one at a flea market; and, I’ve done signings at my condo’s pool and in a bank lobby.
I decided to do some online research and see if I could find other creative venues. What I found was a great site, BookConnector. The venue categories on this site are: bookstores, cafes, groceries, libraries and non-traditional. You input the city and state, check which categories interest you, and a list appears. This is a helpful aid for anyone planning their own book tour. You do have to be a member to use the site, but membership is free and signing up was quick and easy.
I’d recommend stopping by bcnews (no sign-up necessary) to read about Maryann Miller’s hilarious nightmare talk and signing at a senior center. The story had me laughing out loud. (For more nightmare stories see my January 16, 2009, blog.)
Along with Maryann Miller’s piece, there are write-ups about other non-traditional venues such as Colette Shaw’s signing at a KISS fan convention; or Ann Parker’s event at an upscale restaurant that was once the stomping ground for a high-class madam featured in her book, Silver Lies.
Feel free to share more unusual venues or nightmare signings.
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