on Anne R. Allen:
Authors need to be prepared to be either the guest or the host of a livestream event, and if you have never done that before, here are a few tips to get you started.
When the US finally responded to the pandemic in mid-March by essentially shutting down, many of us thought that this was a temporary change. The infection rate would be brought under control, we could stop wearing masks, and it would be safe to go to public events again. (Anne even published my post on going to your first book fair around that time because we thought authors would be able to use the tips it contained.)
That has not happened, alas, and there’s no sign that the current state of affairs in the US will ever change. That means that holding events such as readings, book clubs, and cons online is even more important than ever, and I have a few ideas that can help.
Being a guest or a host in an online event will be intimidating to some, so let’s start with a familiar concept: