I find myself in the position of doing something I hate, booking the band. I haven't done this since the 90s, and I found that I just didn't like dealing with club owners/managers. I've been lucky that in the last decade or so, I got to work with bands that either had booking agents or someone else in the band doing the legwork. I'd love to just use a booking agent, but the project is new, and from talking to them, they are hesitant about a new band, even though they may be familiar with other bands I worked with. So in the meantime, I still want to get the booking operation going. Back when I was booking, most of it was done by phone calls, and stopping in. Back in the day, we called the venue, sent them a promo pack, stopped by to talk, and we'd get a gig out of it about half the time. That's what I know to do, but this is now 2010 and I have less time but more technology available. What I'd like to know is if e-mail is an effective means of booking a band, or if you still need to do the phone calls and legwork like the old days. If there's a better way that makes better use of my time, I'd like to know. I would love to know what your experiences are.