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.
Today’s question is: How important is research to you when writing a book? What have you researched for you current manuscript?
Research is not limited to non-fiction a lot is required to ensure historical elements are correct and even geographical aspects in some cases. While writing my steampunk novel, I have looked into a lot of mechanical elements, such as steam-powered and clockwork mechanisms. We may not use a lot of the research but it gives us a better foundation to work with.
Please leave your comment below and share this question with your writer friends.
Last weeks question: Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?
I enjoy celebrating Canada Day as it is my new homeland. We are lucky to have a deck overlooking part of the parade route so can sit in comfort and watch it drive past. Canada is a young country, becoming the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. This is in direct contrast to my former homeland, Britain which was founded a lot earlier.
United Kingdom = England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Kingdom of England was founded in 927 AD and The Kingdom of Wales was founded in 1283. They joined together in 1536 so Britain was founded in 1536. The Kingdom of Scotland was founded in 843 AD.
I do miss the history and pageantry as well as the ancient sites, historical houses and castles but have been fortunate to have traveled quite a lot of the province’s of Alberta and British Columbia by way of road trips. When I first came to Canada, I had no real sense of the vastness of the continent until someone showed me this view of the whole of Britain easily fitting into Alberta. This is just one province of ten!
I have seen wildlife and plants I would never have observed, spectacular scenery and many objects purportedly to be the largest! Here are some of them.
I also ‘discovered’ a passion for writing in Canada, which may never have been part of my life elsewhere. It was a happy accident walking into that first sharing meeting of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County in 2009. Not only do I have something that interests and absorbs me but it has also given me some incredible friendships. I am making up for ‘lost’ time publishing (to date) seven books, with several in the pipeline but it is the process of creating that engages me and having the opportunity to share my stories.
Here’s to many more years discovering this country, writing stories and enjoying family and friends.
Do you have plans or ideas for your next book? Is it a sequel or a stand alone?
I’m just editing my second book. It features Piper, one of the secondary characters in Raincheck but can be read as a stand alone.
Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
Laina is my favorite. She’s the best friend and is funny, fiery and not afraid to speak her mind.
Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?
So far I’ve only writing romance. I would like to branch out eventually.
Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants style writer?
I’m a total pantser! I ended up rewriting half of Raincheck and am doing the same for my new novel. Something to be said for planning but I like to see where the story takes me.
What is your best marketing tip?
Good question. I would say network with other authors, bloggers and reviewers. Word of mouth goes a long way and is free.
Do you find social media a great tool or a hindrance?
I like social media for connecting with other authors, bloggers, reviewers and readers but find that it can be time consuming. I think the trick is to set a time limit for how long you spend on social media each week.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The ability to create something amazing from absolutely nothing.
What genre are you currently reading?
Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
My friend and fellow author Laura M. Baird. I met her through our shared publisher and we’ve become fast friends and cheerleaders for each other.
Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I belong to CaRWA, the Calgary chapter of Romance Writers Association and to RWA.
If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why?
Margaret Atwood. I love her stories and the way she crafts them. I discovered her when I was in University and love her ever since. Plus she’s a fellow Canadian.
If you could live anywhere in the world – where would it be?
Either in the mountains in British Columbia or on a beach somewhere.
Do you see writing as a career?
That would be lovely, but I’m not expecting it.
Marlo is a Canadian girl, fond of the rolling prairies and majestic mountains close to her city home. And, of course, hockey, maple syrup and saying ‘eh.’ Working in healthcare for over a decade, Marlo believes that laughter is the best medicine and tries to put it to good use in her writing and at work.