Thinking Thursday is usually thought-provoking things and often about my faith. But in view of recent events (see previous post about the Kidwell-e Festival), and the huge interest it has generated (including BBC News), I have been thinking a lot about literary festivals. I have no experience, but just based on the Kidwell-e non-festival, here is some rather obvious advice for Julian Ruck.
How to organise an ebook festival:
- Pick a location easy to get to, where there will be passing footfall – people who may be enticed in on impulse.
- Pick a date that doesn’t clash with other big events (like Caerphilly Big Cheese Festival (free) and the Olympics).
- Put up banners outside and on the approach to advertise the festival and its location.
- Have people inside the venue to welcome people and show them where the events and facilities are.
- Make sure there is adequate signage visible from the entrance so people can find where to go.
- Don’t locate the speaking venues too far apart.
- Have someone on duty in each venue to look after the speaker and audience in case anything is needed.
- Make sure there are plenty of refreshments available, with a choice.
- Most important: PROVIDE WIFI SO PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY BUY THE EBOOKS.
No need to thank me, Julian.