Most authors, when they consider giving a reading from their book in a public place, are struck by one huge fear: what if nobody turns up? A new tool, Togather, aims to minimize that risk by helping authors ‘fansource’ commitment from readers in advance.
Authors can post their availability for readings and fans indicate where they’d be interested in attending. Authors can then see where they’re in most demand, and plan their schedule accordingly. Those who indicate interest aren’t absolutely bound to turn up, of course, but the service still offers a good indication of the level of interest on a location-by-location basis.
Authors who want to take part can request an invitation code here, and although the site is still in beta it already has some well-known authors involved, including Liz Weil and Dan Morrison.