(BTW I'm crossposting this from weblit.us)
This idea has been rumminating in my head for some time. I don't think I've mentioned it on here before (I did a quick look see for a post and couldn't see one, but if I'm wrong I apologise).
Anyway the idea:
Firstly you need to read this article.
Now, obviously, that's about an alternative book tour for a physical book, but I think parts of it could be used by us.
1. Work out how far afield you can afford to go and how long you can dedicate to the tour.
2. Ask your friends, readers and other weblit authors who are inside that range if they will host a reading and invite people. Make it clear that each reading will need a certain number of guests (5 maybe?).
3. If you can get enough potential hosts in the right area and not too close together decide on what passages you are going to read.
4. Give away bookmarks or similar with your weblit's URL on them. If you have physical books for sale make sure you have copies with you, if you have ebooks make sure net connections are available so people can purchase there and then (or sell them a coupon code - though the former is preferable). Same for audiobooks. Have a hat for on the spot donations.
Now like all new promotion methods there is no certainty of success but that doesn't mean it's not worth trying.
Once Haventon One is done I may try this (though I'm pretty much limited to the UK), so watch this space.
Thoughts, opinions, feedback, reasons why it's stupid and would never work? Tell me please.