Togather is a free tool for authors that takes a lot of the pain out of arranging speaking gigs and book tours. You tell us when you're available and how many people you want at your events. Then, we walk your fans and potential hosts through creating, managing and promoting events for you -- we call it fansourcing. It's an all-or-nothing funding model, so if the events your fans set up hit a critical mass of people, you agree (in advance) to go. This little twist ensures that you never speak to an empty room. Wondering how it works? Keep reading! Or just sign up and click around.
Togather is a free tool for authors. We collect a small, 5% fee from event attendees on ticket sale transactions.
Yes! Anyone can host an event on Togather. You create a proposal and if the author accepts, you're in. Whether you have access to a 2,500-seat auditorium or a cozy living room, you can be a host. Contact your favorite author and tell them to sign up for a Togather author page, so you can start booking them.
Have you written a book you want to talk about? You should sign up as an Author. Want to host or attend an event in your town? Open a Fan account and start asking your favorite authors to send you a link to their Togather page. But hang tight if you don't find them here yet — we're just getting started!
If you forget your password, you can request a new one by following the links on the login page. Once you're logged in, just visit the Account Details tab on your dashboard and enter the most unforgettable, hacker-proof password you can think of.
I used Togather to host and attend events but then I wrote my own book. How do I change my account type?
Just send an e-mail to email@example.com and we'll make the change for you. Easy as pie. And, by the way, congratulations on your book!
An event is turned on when a Togather author's minimum criteria for accepting an event are satisfied. That means, either enough people RSVPed or bought enough books or tickets for the author to say yes. When an event is on, then it's guaranteed to happen!
We're really excited about the fantastic interest we've received from people outside the U.S. and we're already looking into ways to expand to other countries in the future. Since Togather facilitates financial transactions through the site, we'll need to make sure we can handle non-U.S. transactions. We'll let you know as soon as we get on our feet in our American test market and we're able to begin our global takeover!
Create a Fan account on Togather and find an author you're interested in. Look for the "Create an Event" button and start planning your proposal.
Nope. Creating a proposal for an event or setting up an event page on Togather is free for everyone. If you want to buy a book or the author has a speaking fee, we help facilitate the transaction.
Togather will facilitate the transaction.
If you don't run a library or large convention center, you might need to get creative. We find that any space will do, as long as the place is packed with eager fans who are interested in meeting and hearing the author (providing chips and guacamole helps, too). If your living room doesn't cut it, work with your community or other fans to find a great space. You'll want to have the space secured before you create a proposal for your author.
It's all about networks. Tap into local audiences that are interested in the author. If you're just starting out as a host, try an event with an author who requires fewer people to turn an event on. When it comes to promotion, put up posters, hand out flyers or hire a singing telegram — whatever works! By the time the event rolls around, your friend count may have gone up a few notches.
When an author indicates they're willing to talk, they are committed to attending any event that reaches its turning-on point. Canceling can affect their professional reputation, so unless it's a real emergency, they will show up.
That's up to you. You'll want to be sure to give the author enough time to plan for any travel and give yourself enough time to meet the criteria necessary to turn your event on. A day is probably too little, but a year is probably a bit excessive.
I represent a charitable organization that does tons of good stuff. Can we make a deal with the author to have them appear for free?
It can't hurt to try! Click Create an Event on an author page, then submit your proposal and follow up with a note to the author about who you are and why they should do the event pro bono.
Hey, don't feel bad. Sometimes these things happen! If your event doesn't happen, the author stays home and everyone goes back to their lives. Because events are all or nothing, we take the risk out of trying and failing.
We are definitely fans of snacks. And we believe that cheese and crackers make every event better. But it's really your choice, and we're not sure how this question ended up in the FAQ.
When your event turns on, you'll receive a list of all the guests who have RSVP'ed and are expected to attend. You can use this list to check people in at the door.
This should be done only as a last resort. Remember, the author and attendees are counting on you. If you can't find a substitute host to fill in for you or find an alternate time to reschedule, you should notify both the author and Togather.
Have a chocolate-covered strawberry and celebrate the fact that you've got an author who's committed to attending a function that you created. You worked your magic. Now, keep promoting it until you reach capacity and consider a new career in being awesome.
You would need to propose a new event if you want to change how you're funding it.
Only the host can cancel an event. If an author can't make it to an event, he or she must contact the host to cancel it. But be warned, being a frequent canceler is a sure way to lose fans!
In the rare instance that this happens and you need to cancel the event, we'll take care of updating the attendees with all the information they need about ticket and book refunds.
Yes. If you only want people you invite to see the event, click "This is a private event" when you're setting up your event and we won't publish the URL.
Togather events exist because you're interested in having amazing thinkers, writers or interesting folks come to your hometown, and you might just have two or three friends who feel the same way. It can be as easy as posting a link on your favorite social media site or as bizarre as going to door-to-door with your computer. All that matters is you get enough support from your people so the event turns on and the author can come.
If you want to restore karmic balance to the world, you'll make sure your friend Joe takes your spot and cheers like crazy when the author finishes speaking. If not, we forgive you.
Book sales are how we can guarantee an author's attendance. If everyone brought their own copy, criteria wouldn't be met, events wouldn't turn on and there'd probably be a plague of locusts or something. If you need another reason, think of it this way: a new, autographed copy of your favorite book makes a great gift!
All-or-nothing funding means we don't charge your credit card for events that haven't turned on. So, if you reserve a ticket to an event that hasn't turned on yet, it means we can't charge your card (and ship your book) until it does.
We only charge you after the event turns on.
We all slowly back away and return to our lives. Togather uses an all-or-nothing funding model, so your card is only charged if the event turns on.
Please follow the instructions on your receipt.
We hope this doesn't happen, but make sure you sign up for an event early, just in case. During checkout, we'll give you a warning if we think the shipping option you chose won't get you your book in time for the event. Please try to heed this warning and choose a faster shipping option, so you can get it in time. Then we can all be in our happy place.
We use an all-or-nothing funding model. So, the moment we get enough support for an event, all the cards are charged instantly.
Yes. Please print your ticket or bring your confirmation email to the event.
We take data privacy and security very seriously. Your data is encrypted and secured when a transaction is made. Please see our Terms & Conditions for any further security or data concerns.
Do I get my money back if I'm required to purchase a ticket or a book and then the event is cancelled?
Yes. In the rare instance when a confirmed, scheduled event is cancelled, we'll send you a notification email and offer a refund, if you'd like to return your book.