Last night during The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio show, we had a little discussion about book signings, book festivals and other bookish events.
The question started out as something else and evolved into us chatting about the positives and negatives of doing these. One of the biggest negatives was not being able to afford them.
I’ve only been around this industry for a year and a half, so I really don’t have a lot of experience in this area. I’ve had a book signing at my house which was a huge hit. You can read about it here.
Last year, I participated in the Baltimore Book Festival and met so many readers and a few very cool authors. It was a long day and I pretty much broke even but all in all, the experience was wonderful.
I think what I’m getting at here is I’d like to know what your experience has been at trade shows and book signing events and such. I always see a lot of my author friends; especially the paranormal and romance fiction genre, packing their bags and heading off all over the place to book shows and events.
I don’t know of or think there are any for my genre (historical / paranormal fiction) and although I have written paranormal fiction, it has not been in the paranormal romance genre.
Yes, I won a super fantastic and amazing award for writing paranormal fiction but I just don’t feel like I currently fit in anywhere but mixed local festivals and personal book signings. Not that I’m complaining because those are pretty sweet too.
Ladies and gentlemen we’ve now reached the question portion of this blog:
- Have you done any bookish events and if so, what was your experience like?
- Would you do one, if you haven’t already?
- What are your biggest concerns about taking part in one?
Thanks in advance for participating.
I love the Baltimore Book Festival.
Last year was my first year participating as an author because well, I was an author for the first time last year. 😉
Last year, I was in the author’s tent. It was an excellent opportunity to meet readers, sell some books, sign some books and meet some very cool authors.
This year, I will be there on Sunday September 28. 2014 at the Maryland Writers Association booth. I’ll once again have books for sale, goodies to hand out and information on my upcoming release, “The Blue Diamond – The Razor’s Edge.”
If you plan on coming to the festival on Sunday, please stop by and say hello! I’ll be the one in the “Fireflies” shirt at the MWA booth.
Remember, the festival will be at the Baltimore Inner Harbor this year.
Check out the link and if you’re in town the weekend of September 26 – 28th, stop down. It’s an awesome event!