Locating Authors

  • Publisher's or author web sites. If a publisher doesn't have a library marketing department call the publicity department and ask for their latest catalogs which will list current and upcoming authors with planned tour cities.
  • Community newspaper listings of book events.
  • Bookstores.
  • Michigan Center for the Book's Michigan Authors & Illustrators database.
  • Points to consider when selecting an author: audience size (a track record of attracting a large audience will give you an advantage in securing a "big name" author), meeting room size (smaller rooms are good for first novelists and mid-list authors).

Updated 02/02/2012

Acknowledgement: to the Dakota County Library (Eagan, Minnesota) for some ideas and information used in this material.