Last Saturday (May 12th) marked the day of this year’s annual Volusia County Literacy Fair, held at Mainland High School. This was my second time there, and like last year, I had a great time.
The fair has grown a bit, as last year there were only 3 authors and this year we had as many as 7-8. It made for a more interesting day, as it’s always better to share such experiences with more authors. My only complaint is that they put us in a classroom in the very back of the event, whereas last year we were in the front, and as a result I don’t think as many people even knew we were there.
But, no matter! I met up with authors Nathan and Stephanie Szerdy from last year and met a group of other indie authors. I always feel like such a newb going to events when I meet other authors. I mean, I’ve been doing this since I was 15, but I still have so much more to learn and these events remind me of that fact. Book selling is a constant learning and growing process, one that just when you think you have a handle on it, someone tells you something that totally throws you for a loop.
In my case, I was introduced to two potentially career-changing things (career-changing for me in that they will take me beyond my current marketing exposures). I don’t have all the details yet (will know more after this weekend), but I foresee great things.
The biggest of these two is an event in Decatur, Georgia, over Labor Day weekend. I haven’t looked into it too much but so far, it looks promising. It’s the biggest indie author event there is, and is a great opportunity to sell some books. By that time I should have The Sour Orange Derby out, so I’ll have 3 titles to sell, possibly through their emerging authors section.
Before I show some pics, I’d like to take a moment to give a shout-out to some of the authors at the fair. They have offered some invaluable advice and are the authors of YA books you should all definitely check out:
And now, a few pictures:
The monkeys kept us company.