Discussion: Local Authors

Here in my corner of northern Saskatchewan I’m pretty remote.  I’m at least two and a half hours away from where any famous person would want to have any sort of event and am four hours away from the nearest city where there’s actually a significant population. Therefore I don’t get the normal things other book bloggers do, like local author/publisher events.  That doesn’t really bother me except that I feel like I’m missing out on something.  However, I did meet an author from Alberta at a blueberry festival/farmer’s market at the end of August so I actually got to talk shop with someone.  It was quite nice for a change, actually.

What I’m wondering is this: If you’re a blogger in a larger city centre, do you make an effort to reach out to local authors?  Do you go to a lot of author and/or publisher events?  Why or why not?  Conversely, if you’re an author, do you try to reach out to local bloggers?

13 comments

  1. mandyevebarnett

    I am an Albertan author. My publisher, Dream Write Publishing is local to me in Sherwood Park. We have numerous local authors under their banner and care and hold lots of events throughout the year with my writing group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. I count myself blessed to be within this community.

    • Carrie Slager

      Well, thank you for the information but I’m 4 1/2 hours away from Saskatoon. Not really all that local, but still pretty cool that there’s an organization that takes care of small authors. 🙂

  2. charliegirlteachergirl

    I live in Austin, TX and have yet to go to any author events. I go to workshops and conferences about writing by some fabulous folks, like Barry Lane and Gretchen Bernabie, but those are focused on teaching writing. I don’t know any local authors, but if I did, I would make an effort…unless it’s in downtown downtown Austin. I stay out of the bowels of hell.

    This year I’m going with my school library folks to a YA extravaganza in October. There will be tons of great YA authors there, so I am excited.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s awesome! I’m so jealous about you living in Austin because some of my favourite authors tour there, like John Scalzi and many others. Then again, as someone who was raised in a town of 400, I’m also kind of glad I don’t live in a city as big as Austin. Each to their own, I guess! 🙂

  3. Margaret

    I’m a Twin Cities writer. I’m fairly involved with other Twin Cities writers here – we like to think of ourselves as hipper than Chicago because of our arts and literature scene. I haven’t met any local bloggers, but now that you mention it, now’s a good time to Google that…

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  6. anniejacksonbooksnnie

    As a reader, I love going to local author events and hearing them speak and getting books signed. It’s so much fun to feel as if you’ve gotten to know an author in some little way. And it’s great to connect to the book community around me.

    As an author, I do an awful job of connecting with local bloggers. I’d honestly never thought of it until I read this post but it’s a great idea. Even if it’s not something as formal as a book signing or big event – it’d be great just to get to, again, connect to that book community in a different way.

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