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One of the things we do here at the Cadence Group is set up author tours.
It is getting harder and harder to convince stores to agree to host our touring authors. It’s not that they don’t want to offer their customers an event, it’s just that they cannot afford to.
Staff at bookstores nation-wide has been cut very deeply and stores do not have the staff to work an author event.
It is hard to convince a cash-strapped bookstore owner to staff up for an event when there is a good chance no one will show up. The extra staffing costs for even one disappointing evening can kill a store’s profit.
So… my question for you is…. do you go to events at bookstores?