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.
My writing has been rather a ‘mixed bag’ this week – continuing with my YA novella, creating the next issue of the newsletter for the Arts & Culture Council, and work on the ghost writing project, as well as preparation for my speech/presentation on Saturday. In all a good writing week.
Last night’s writers meeting prompt was fun we had ten minutes to write a short story or poem – the title was The Reluctant. Someone who is reluctant to leave or enter something or somewhere. This was my response:
Tom touched the door handle then released it, then touched it again. His nervousness increased and at the third touch he was conscious of his sweaty palm. Just do it – its going to be fine! Breathing deeply he grabbed the handle with as much resolve as he could. It turned slowly releasing the catch. A sudden fluttering above him broke his fierce concentration and he uttered a squeal. Dumb bird get out of here. As Tom turned to face the door again he saw it was ajar – his teeth chattered as his fear increased. What is in there? Why did I say I would go in?
Giggling from the hedge reminded him why – to be in the gang, you had to walk inside and inside for ten minutes. Tom felt Rod, Gary and Sam’s eyes on him. I have to do this or they will forever tease me.
With a deep breath he pushed the door open, walked inside the gloom and shut the door behind him. Dust flew in every direction, old tattered curtains billowed at the glass-less windows and broken furniture lay scattered around him. Graffiti across every wall was evidence of other intruders. He stood still unable to move but determined to make the ten minutes and be part of the Grant Street Gang.
Books: I am tantalizing close to the end of this novel, in truth I don’t want it to end. I love the characters in both modern and period eras. A parallel love interest in both has me turning the pages as well as the dread that something awful will happen soon.
I have been given a book to review and bought one from a young author on Saturday, these will be added to my pile.
My review: I read the whole story last night – it is captivating. You have excellent world building, intriguing characters and plot. Love the design – it so unique. Thoroughly enjoy it! Looking forward to the next installment.
I attended Word on the Street on Saturday in Lethbridge with my publisher, Dream Write Publishing. We arrived rather too early to set up as the organizers were only just putting out the tables and chairs at the time we were informed we could set up. However, it wasn’t long before we saw our allocated tent was ready and we proceeded to arrange our display. With nearly 90 titles now published, we have to allot books to each event now – a time will come when we might need to invest in a half tonne truck! http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/
With my new romance novel, The Twesome Loop showing for the first time in public, the day was extra special for me. I even sold a couple of copies – even better!
The day was chilly but we maintained our cheer chatting with the many visitors and fellow authors in our tent.
The Sunday and Monday were mostly relaxing, reading and some writing although mine was mainly a blog post, creating a new title for my YA story and reading up on a potential freelance project.
Books:I did manage to spend time reading this fascinating and lovely book but did not finish it quite yet.
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