The first L.A.L.A. Society event, “Coming to Terms with Amy Dresner and Sandra Ann Miller,” is in the books. Much gratitude to Sandpiper Books in Torrance for hosting us, and for the wonderful readers and writers who attended. It was exactly what we hoped it would be: A conversation. The interaction and laughter were wonderful. We feel it was a great success.
Of course, that leads to the question of What’s next? That would be meeting more of you, Los Angeles Local Authors. We need to get together to see what events we can create around your work, pair up authors to center conversations on, and find out how best we can engage with readers and booksellers.
Recently, Publisher’s Weekly posed the question, “What’s Wrong with Fiction Sales?” They stated:
“The most commonly shared view is that it has become extremely difficult to generate exposure for novels. Fiction, more than nonfiction, depends on readers discovering new books by browsing.”
That exposure is exactly what the L.A.L.A. Society wants to create. Instead of browsing pages, let’s help the readers of Los Angeles meet its authors. Because L.A.L.A. events go beyond a book launch, we can keep that conversation going (as well as that back catalogue), create a community of readers, writers and booksellers, and foster those important connections.
With that, we respectfully ask you, kind author, to introduce yourself to us. Please reach out through the Contact page or join the email list (that pop-up is around here somewhere). We only use the list to announce events, and we hope to grow those to monthly gatherings. If possible, we’d like to pull one together in November to hear your thoughts on what’s needed, what you would like to do and how we can help make that happen. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, too.
We look forward to meeting you, having fun and expanding our successes.