On Saturday, September 6th, I attended my first “event” as an author. The bookmarks festival held in Winston-Salem, NC, kicked off with a few events early in August and a special speaking event on Friday, September 5th, featuring James Patterson.
The following day, the festival celebrated books and authors with panel discussions, book signings, open mics, and more. Spruce Street was renamed BookMarks Festival Boulevard and from Marshall Street to Poplar Street the block was filled with tents, booths, and even a stage. Readers of all ages, authors and poets visited the area.
In addition to myself, Curiosity Quills was represented by: Ryan Hill, author of The Book of Bart and soon-to-be-released Dead New World, and Krystal Wade, author of The Wilde’s Fire Trilogy, Shattered Secrets, and the soon-to-be-released Charming.
Once we set up the booth, panic struck as we waited for the attendees to start filtering in. I didn’t have a lot of experience talking to people about my book, (you know, actual people not on the web). A few deep breaths and an internal pep talk were especially needed once folks started stopping by. But once my nerves calmed, the experience was so much fun. Readers and other authors alike were both kind and supportive. And thanks to Ryan and Krystal’s help, I crafted a one line synopsis for my book:
“Sixteen-year-old Lyla thinks surviving high school is tough until she discovers she can raise the dead.”
I have another festival lined up in Baltimore, Maryland in two weeks and am looking forward to do it all over again. (plus, I get to meet more CQ authors.)
If you haven’t picked up your copy of my book and would like to, the ebook of The Undead: Playing for Keeps is on sale for .99 (just until Sunday.) (Paper back links: Amazon US, B&N and Amazon UK links for both.)
And please don’t forget to leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon.