Browse our list of experts. Select a great experience—from romance book club, DIY workshop, to mini-TED. Then we'll help you create the best Tuesday night out (or in) ever.
Because it's better with friends, we'll help you build a crowd, and make sure your friends want to go with you. Relax, you're going to have a great time.
Yes, no risk events. If you don't meet the minimum attendance requirement on any event, no sweat. No one pays a penny. Just try again next week.
We give readers direct access to writers who want to meet new audiences, large and small. From online chats to live workshops and cocktail parties – book clubs, bookstores, libraries, bars and other communities around the country are using Togather to reimagine book events and bring more culture to their towns.
Our site uses an all-or-nothing "crowd funding" model to help small groups and book clubs attract amazing experts to their events. Anyone can invite an expert and rally support to meet their minimum attendance goal (set by the expert) by collecting RSVPs and selling tickets directly through our site. Groups with as few as ten guests can host online events with most experts on Togather.
Nope. Setting up an account is completely free for both experts and readers. Many events are free to attend, but if you choose to buy a ticket or a book, we collect a small percentage of each sale.
Anyone can use Togather to invite an expert to their next event. Small book clubs (e.g., 10 people) and professional or recreational reading groups are a perfect fit, but we've also seen people host Togather events in cupcake shops, breweries, cafés, observatories, farms, offices and living rooms. If you've got a place for guests to gather, you're golden. Even if you don't, or your friends are far away, it's easy to host an online event where all attendees join from home.
Experts set their ideal minimums in advance, but often work closely with each host to fine-tune goals depending on date, location and event size. Most free events require a larger audience than events that sell tickets or books. Online video chats generally have lower minimums, and work well for small groups.
When there isn't enough support to meet the minimum attendance goal, the expert and host can choose to move forward with an event anyway, try again with another framework, or let it go. Events don't work out for a lot of reasons – the time or place might be inconvenient, or the ticket price too high. Rather than spend time, energy and resources on a room full of empty chairs, we'll send a polite e-mail on your behalf to thank those who pledged support.
It depends on the event, but the expert and the publisher typically take home the majority of the ticket price—just like a typical book sale. At Togather, we take a small percentage of the ticket price for administrative costs.
What types of events CAN'T you host? Kidding. But really, we've seen parenting experts teach workshops at preschools, cookbook experts host intimate dinners in private homes, book clubs hang with romance experts at wine bars, and comedians share jokes with long-distance readers over Google+ Hangout. For fiction experts, book club discussions and Q&A's are common.
Cultural events should be available to everyone, everywhere – not just urban-dwellers or people with the right connections. We love to learn, and we're on a mission to help others connect directly with the best thought-leaders around – the ones who dedicate time to putting their ideas on paper.
Experts have a lot of talent and expertise to share, but are stuck in a market where their events are mostly free. Audiences have power in numbers to attract talent and create fun events, but access to great writers is still restricted.
Technology has already given us ways to invest directly in many of the artists we love – musicians, comedians, and actors alike. By giving book events value, we can help writers make more of the stuff we crave, while joining a movement to keep culture accessible and sustainable for all.
The way most book tours are currently set up, risk can outweigh reward. There's no way to know whether an event will be packed or empty, and that uncertainty keeps many experts from reaching audiences who might love their work. It also keeps readers from hearing new voices and fresh ideas.