Out of Bounds explores the possibilities of literary fiction in the 21st Century, from authors’ and audiences’ points of view. Below are some of the topics up for discussion. Sign up for the OOB eNewsletter to receive updates as the following topics – and much, much more of interest to authors and readers – are posted…

The value of making contact – There are so many ways of reaching out to readers in the digital age. What is the value of making contact through the various formats and media available to authors? How do you make sure you are getting the most out of each  meeting? That readers feel respectfully engaged?

What are the objectives of a book trailer – A lot of work goes into the making of a book trailer. How do you maximize the return on that time and effort? Know what you want to achieve before you start planning your campaign. What’s your message? How can you tell it?

Want to do online readings? – Today’s technology makes it relatively easy for authors and poets to record and share online readings. Before you step up to the mic, ask yourself: Who am I reading to? Why? What kind or equipment and space do I need to make my readings look and sound professional? How do a want listeners to respond?

Boosting your Facebook posts – It’s easy and inexpensive to ‘boost’ your facebook posts, if you have an author’s page. But you need to have a plan and process to get the most out of your social media campaigns. Who do you want your boosted post to reach? Where? What do you want viewers to do when they see your post? How do you measure the success of a campaign?

What’s a Direct-to-Web novel? – The short answer: A book published as a web site. Questions that help define the long of it: What new possibilities open up for audiences and authors in the DTW format? What are the pros and cons in terms of cost? Accessibility? Environmental responsibility? How can a DTW book compare to print and eBook editions? Does DTW make it possible for authors to produce more literature and audiences to enjoy it?

Are you an author or reader interested in new possibilities for literature in the 21st Century? Do you have an idea you’d like to see added to this list? Make contact, and let me know about it…