force — 2013-06-15T22:58:31-04:00 — #1
Neal Giaman is on a book tour, and he was going to be appearing in my area at some point.
When I looked at the event details, there was a $35 entrance fee (for a seat and a copy of the book).
I've never been to a book tour event, but I was always under the assumption they were free and were intended to promote the book. I had a mild interest in attending since I've enjoyed some of his past works, but there's no way I'm putting down cash for this.
Has anyone ever heard of an admission/ticket fee for a book tour appearance? It seems really odd to charge for something like this.
ronpat — 2013-06-15T23:55:53-04:00 — #2
Strikes me as odd, too. I've been to a couple of book events and they were both free. They offered a chance to meet the author and buy an autographed copy of his/her book, if you wanted to stand in line. Have never heard of charging a fee up front. Times change, I guess.
spacephoenix — 2013-06-16T01:46:56-04:00 — #3
Is it happening in a shop or in another place like a theatre, or a public/private hall?
ralphm — 2013-06-16T02:04:20-04:00 — #4
Likewise, I've not seen that before. Rather than saying to his audience:
Hey, let me tell you about the book and, if you like the sound of it, buy a signed copy ...
he's really saying
I'm not going to bother talking to you unless I know you've bought a copy ...
Seems odd to me ... but, I guess if it works, then good luck to him.
force — 2013-06-16T12:11:14-04:00 — #5
It's happening at a city center / event hall.
The major bookstore in the area (Borders) went out of business. That's where author signings were typically held in the past.
molona — 2013-06-17T10:37:37-04:00 — #6
Never heard of this. The ones I've known where held in a book store and were free.