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