Wimberley Book Festival

Wimberley flierThis weekend, I had the wonderful privilege of being a part of the Wimberley Book Festival.  These festivals are beneficial for many reasons. First and foremost, they give me the opportunity to mingle and network with other writers.  I meet interesting people, find out about writing opportunities, and sell a few books in the process.

I woke up at the crack of dawn and drove for an hour and half to the Wimberley Community Center. I was pleasantly surprised to walk in the door and find my book, Sand & Sutures, listed on a banner among other award winning authors. This was a positive boost to my day.

Once I unloaded everything from the car, I began to set up my table, which included my own banner, several promotional items and props, and of course several copies of my books.

Authors from all over the state of Texas who write in every genre under the sun had their booths set up throughout the room. Influxes of crowds came in at varying intervals and explored each table. They took business cards, discussed books, and filled their bags with giveaways.

Throughout the day, I had the opportunity to reconnect with authors I hadn’t seen in awhile. I also made a little video blurb about my books, spoke with quite a few potential readers who stopped by my table to say hello, gave away a mug full of syringe pens, and sold a few books. Overall, I’d say the day was successful, and I look forward to attending this event again next year.

 

 

 

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Tune in tomorrow morning, July 11th for Great DaySA , KENS 5 from 9-10:00a.m. to see me and other authors as we promote the 2nd Annual San Antonio Indie Book Fest! 📚📚

See you all on Saturday!

Post script:  Making an appearance on a live morning news show was an interesting experience.  Live studios are busy places.

We participated in the live studio audience, watched each bit, and went live to promote our upcoming book fest.  Overall, it was fun and entertaining. Hopefully we’ll get a few locals to show up on Saturday.

Upcoming Events

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Here are some upcoming author events I’ll be involved in.  Hoping to throw a few more signings into the mix before summer is over.

June 16th: DEAR Texas Radio Interview 7:00 P.M.

July 16th: San Antonio Indie Book Fest  10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Sept. 17: Port O’Connor Book Signing/ Texas Author’s Dinner 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

October 8th:  Indie Author Day  and Book Festival UH Sugar Land  11 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.

Nov. 5: Texas Book Festival Austin  9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

 

 

Celebration of Authors

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I am clueless when it comes to book marketing.  Ok…let me rephrase that.  I WAS clueless.  But last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Celebration of Authors Conference in Austin, Texas.  This event, sponsored by the Texas Association of Authors, offered tips and advice about marketing not only my books, but myself as an author.

My weekend began by waking up at 5:00 A.M. on Saturday morning and taking the hour and a half drive up I-35, through horrid traffic, to Austin, TX.  I pulled into the parking garage of the Downtown Sheraton, snagged my parking pass, and circled up to the third level.  Once checked in, I stepped into the conference room to this amazing view.

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I guess that explains why the room was called the Capitol View Terrace.

My morning was crammed full of various sessions that targeted marking.  Sessions about advertising, making the most of Amazon Author Central, choosing keywords for search queries,  and information about e-books, internet radio, and how to utilize the internet.   I met many other authors, exchanged business cards, and even had my picture taken with some of my new connections.

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When we took a break for lunch, I popped down to the hotel restaurant, and to my surprise, the keynote speaker, Judith Briles (an award-winning author and marketing expert), sat down at the table with me.  Over lunch, she shared a few tricks of the trade, and I walked away with a signed book in my hands.

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Following lunch, I returned to the Capitol View Terrace and the sessions continued.  In the afternoon, I learned about an awesome app called Squirl and received information about audio books.

Around 4:00 P.M., when the sessions were over, I made the drive back home, overwhelmed with information and trying to soak in everything I heard throughout the day.

Sunday morning, I returned to the Sheraton to hear more tried and true marketing methods, including how to solicit appearances and how to market renegade style.  A fellow writer informed me about a few local writing groups I didn’t know existed, and we danced and sang along to a video called All About Those Books.

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Throughout the conference, three things stuck with me:

  1.  Learn how to be an author. Get yourself out there.
  2. Be unique.  Do something no one else is doing.
  3. Write what you’re passionate about and don’t try to feed into the market.  The market changes too much.

Overall the Celebration of Authors event was well worth the money I paid to attend.  It was full of networking opportunities and taught me a lot about the publishing world. By the end of the weekend I walked away with a ton of resources and gained many insights about marketing.  With all the ideas rolling around in my head, it will take me a while to digest all the information I received, and baby steps to implement it all.

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