Last month over 100 hundred authors visited more locations than you can count on all said authors’ fingers and toes. It was terrific fun and most of the events were rip roaring successes. Inevitably we do hear of the odd event where things did not go completely smoothly. Few and far between as they are, its always important to figure out what didn’t go according to plan and why.
The word ethos came up several times – more specifically how a host venue feels about a visiting author or illustrator. It can vary from being the highlight of the month to a vague annoyance for venues where they grudgingly rearrange the furniture for the author and barely tolerate the presence of young readers.
Coincidentally two authors both posting about author care this week Amanda Craig on literary festivals and Sarah Webb on school and library events. Two different styles of events but it would seem that word ethos is common to both their concerns….