There are dozens of places where you can speak in your local area or a nearby city. Plus, of course, there are hundreds of more places that love authors who speak and present — especially in cities where you might be traveling for business, for media appearances, for vacations, or for family gatherings.
Where can you speak or give presentations? Here are a few obvious venues and many other venues which might not be as obvious.
bookstores, both indie booksellers and chain bookstores
libraries, both public and private, both general and specialized
specialty retailers (craft shops, mind/body/spirit shops, pet stores, natural food stores, etc.)
adult learning centers
colleges, high schools, universities, elementary schools (for children’s books)
cooking schools and gourmet shops
centers for the arts
museums (art, science, children’s, transportation, history, and more)
halls of fame (Find 60+ halls of fame here: http://www.myincrediblewebsite.com/halls-of-fame)
podcasts, webinars, hangouts, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Skype, and more
See also Speaking Opportunities for Book Authors (for a list of venues around the country)