How do you prepare for a book event? Can you share tips/knowledge/experience?
I happen to have two book events this month, which is exciting. The first one is Word on the Street in Lethbridge 21st September.
I have attended this event several times before and accompany my publisher, Dream Write Publishing. It is an outside event so there is the added preparation for any weather condition – wet, cold or hot. We have experienced all of them at this event, unsurprisingly as September weather in Alberta can be changeable to say the least. As always given the opportunity we have extended our weekend to four days so we can explore the area – back roads and hamlets missed by the highway A to B drivers.
The second event is Words in the Park, Sherwood Park, which is my official launch date for the anxiously awaited, Rython Legacy – the sequel to The Rython Kingdom. I have two tables at this event as I now have eight books to display plus promotional items. It was difficult last year so I will have to do mock-up’s of the full display and take photos so I can get it all set up with looking too cluttered. As I write in three genre’s I am thinking the display will be grouped in age sections. I have summaries of each book, which helps buyer’s to peruse the story lines. Each section will have different coloured table cloth – which worked well last year. I’m still planning obviously. I have found multiple tiered stands are a great way to increase the amount of room I have to display.
Below is last’s year’s display.
I would love to see how you arrange your book event display’s – please share in the comments after clicking on the headline.
This week’s question is: How do you prepare for an author reading?
I have a reading with several other authors this Saturday for Bookstore Romance Day, so have prepared a gift basket, gathered not only the book I will be reading from but also most of my other books to take with me. As there will be a table at the front of the store with our books I have packed a display shelf, summaries of each book, and have decided on the excerpt I will read. Obviously, this has to be practiced to allow me to look up at the audience but also practice my inflections to give the piece a real sense of drama.
If you happen to be in Edmonton, Alberta come and say Hi. We will be at Audreys Books Ltd. 10702 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3J5 at 2 pm. I will read from Life in Slake Patch, which is a speculative fiction romance set in a matriarchal society from a young man’s perspective. Yep, it is certainly an interesting and unique story.
Please comment below with your typical planning for an author reading, we may learn new tricks from each other!
Last week’s post was a 10 minute writing prompt: A bag of multiple buttons.
This week is Board meeting week – my first meeting is tomorrow for the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County – we will be planning our annual conference, which will be held on 22nd April as well as numerous other agenda items. On Wednesday it is the Arts & Culture Council meeting, where once again planning will be in full swing for our AGM on 12th April and our heritage day event in June. So all in all a busy time for the next few months.
I find that involvement in these boards can be time consuming at times but it brings so many benefits. To be involved with these art organizations gives me the chance to meet new people, experience new art forms and have fun planning events!
I did manage to attend the open mic event last Wednesday evening and read to a full house! I did worry I would begin coughing but manage to read all of my excerpt from The Twesome Loop without coughing once, although my mouth was arid. There were so many wonderful people to connect with and the readings were excellent. One woman read for the very first time in public while others were old hands. We heard poetry, rants, manuscript excerpts and one young poet (14 years old) read an exceptional piece called Beautiful for Women’s Day. She was amazing.
Do you have any writing or reading events this week? Care to share?
In Victoria, BC, WordsThaw returns to warm the University of Victoria from March 16–20.
We celebrate Family Day today (Canada), which although is a great day off work and the added bonus of being a Monday, it is also extra time to enjoy our families. As an immigrant my writing friends have become family as well as my nucleus family here in Alberta. Over the weekend I enjoyed extra time with my daughter and son with activities and a large roast dinner. I also met a writing friend for lunch, Kathie Sutherland she is a superb poet and a kind soul.
My only event this week is on Saturday, when I will read an erotic segment from my current work in progress, The Twesome Loop. Our current Writer in Residence persuaded me to attend so I have been revising and editing like a thing possessed. This will be the first time I have read such a piece to the public and I admit I am rather nervous about it. Without doubt I will go ‘beet red’ as I read, maybe I can find a fan to help?
On the Keemooch (“On the Sneak”) Celebrate Freedom to Read Week 2017 with provocative spoken word performances and poetry. Adults only. Wine will be served. Sat Feb 25 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm Strathcona County library
Have you read something that made you uncomfortable?
As writers and authors in the business of selling and gaining interest for our work, we attend many events. Some are local but others have a wider audience and scope. This is true of Word on the Street, which is hosted in various cities across Canada. The event gives authors the opportunity to expand their reach to new readers and I was only too happy to accept an invitation from my publisher, Dream Write Publishing, when the offer was made to attend the event in Lethbridge. It meant travelling over five hours to the venue but there was the added bonus of meeting another writing group that we communicate with, The River Bottom Writers, so a four day weekend was planned.
We took the scenic route from Edmonton to Lethbridge to enjoy the mountains and arrived early evening on Friday. After settling in, Linda and I took advantage of a mutual writing obsession and wrote for several hours.
Saturday morning we met up with members of the writing group for one of their routine meetings. It is always a pleasure to share your writing journey with others and discuss theirs. There followed another few hours of writing back at the hotel, working on projects and submitting articles. We broke for a late lunch and explored the river valley and trails in glorious sunshine.
Sunday morning we were up for an early breakfast and I rehearsed my reading of a chapter from Ockleberries to the Rescue. I was scheduled to read in the Kids Corner tent at 11.40 am. We arrived just after 8 am so we could park near the venue and unload the boxes and display items easily. The volunteers were busily setting up tables, signs and chairs.
Once we had signed in and received our exhibitor tags, we unloaded the books and began organizing our table display. With so many books published under Dream Write Publishing, it was a work of art to have all of them easily seen! Once we were happy with how the table looked we could sit back and watch fellow vendors arrive (we had 2 hours to wait until the official opening!) I took a walk around the venue and found the tent I would be reading in and ‘tested’ it out for size. At the entrance to the library it was a perfect site for library and venue visitors alike.
We had a steady stream of interested visitors to our table either to buy books or discuss publishing with Linda. At my allotted time, I took the microphone in the kid’s tent and enthralled my young audience with the first chapter of Ockleberries to the Rescue – Swift the Fox. (Pre-orders at http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/)
With any publication it is important to continue to promote them, even if you have subsequent publications requiring exposure. I read from Ockleberries but I also took my plush toy, Rumble with me from Rumble’s First Scare; not just because he enjoys all the attention he gets at these events but for my annual Rumble coloring contest. I handed out 30 entry sheets and Rumble was a great focus of attention for many – children and adults alike.
Rumble displaying his winner’s prizes – a custom made hat or a T-shirt for the coloring competition.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip and one I’m more than happy to do again.
Happy writing everyone and share your words no matter – near or far.
Update: Rumble made the Global news – 1.32 on timeline -http://globalnews.ca/video/1577115/word-on-the-street-festival