|Noir at the Bar, Wilmington DE, (July 21, 12019)|
1. Find the Sweet Spot for Number of Readers
It's not as easy as one thinks to get this number right: is it 6, 8, 10, 12 – even odd numbers are okay. For me in Wilmington DE, the number is 6. For Eryk Pruitt in Hillsborough NC, his number is 8.
2. Get a Host for the Night
If you've done enough already organizing the event. It's not like you're going to chilled and relaxed during the N@B, but give yourself one less thing to do. (Stolen from Eryk Pruitt)
3. Publish Bios of Writers Prior to the Night
You already collect the bios for the host to introduce the writers, use them ahead of time and published them on Facebook the week before. The writers get excited about a little promotion and it's a great reminder through the week that Noir at the Bar is upcoming.
4. Have an Audience Favorite Award
The audience loves it and the writer that wins the award really seems to like it. You can get anything engraved on Amazon. (Stolen from Ed Aymar)
5. Adapt to Your Location
Stoney's British Pub was recently on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The clientele has changed a bit over the last few months–more kids in with their families. I'm going to have to begin asking writers to have two stories: the regular story and a PG version.
6. Get a Good Mix of Local and Out-of-Town Writers
Local writers bring in family and friends. Out-of-towners, well, they're usually just trouble.
7. Coach Writers on How to Use a Microphone
Please, writers, don't be scared of the microphone. Put it right up against your mouth and do your business.
8. Make a Poster
Make sure the poster works well on various social media.
9. Make a Facebook Event
Yeah, yeah, you hate Facebook. Get over yourself and embrace Satan.