Here are a few examples of local speaking opportunities for book authors and speakers. Some organizations offer a speaking fee but many invite authors to speak in trade for book promotion. While you might not be able to arrange talks at the following local venues, you can explore similar opportunities in your local area and nearby large cities.
Alpharetta, Georgia Cooking Classes
Among other classes and events offered in Alpharetta (events listed at http://www.awesomealpharetta.com) are the following cooking experiences. If you are a cookbook author, you have opportunities to speak at cooking schools, Sur la Table stores, Williams-Sonoma stores, and Whole Foods stores.
Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta GA 30022; 770-751-8561.
Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods, 2800 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta GA 30005; 770-664-6300.
Sur la Table, North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta GA 30022; 800-243-0852.
Williams-Sonoma, 180 Avalon Boulevard #8180, Alpharetta GA 30009; 678-448-4105.
Carefree, Arizona Store
Many specialty retailers feature authors, storytellers, speakers, performers, artists, and others on a regular basis.
Fearless Art Works, Michelle Micalizzi, Owner, 7211 E. Ho Road #17, Carefree AZ 85377; 480-595-0501. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.fearlessartworks.com. Local Authors are featured on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Hampton, Virginia Museums
Local museums often host speaking events related to their special interests as well as family activities, creative experiences, and more. Many museums also maintain a museum store that offers books, gifts, apparel, and more related to their specialty.
Hampton Lecture Series, Hampton History Museum, Hampton VA; 757-727-1610. Web: http://www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org. Local history topics presented by book authors, historians, and local history buffs.
I’ll list more local speaking opportunities as I uncover them (or you share them below in the comments). Thanks!