Local festivals are a way for authors to reach people. I know some booklovers still cling to the paperback novels. Craft shows attract readers who don't frequent the internet world. (Yes they're still folks out there who don't spend hours each day surfing the world-wide web.)
I've found in my strolls to the bazaars that it's not only the elderly who sometimes shy away from computers, but still a number of younger folk haven't paved a path to high-tech reading yet.
One sure way for an up-coming author to introduce themselves to the other percent of the fiction and non-fiction voyeurs is through festivals and craft shows. Attend these shows with caution. Weigh the cost of the event, time and travel expenses. As with any venture an author takes, the results are hit and miss. Some attractions will be a success-others will end up costing more than you anticipated. Keep an open mind, even if you didn't sell any novels, you can mingled with other writers, gain a kindred spirit, a new direction for promotion and most of all meet some readers. Talking with people always brightens my day and I learn lots for others.
One such adventure happen this week-end. My friend and an amazing author Lynn C. Willis dropped by and we trekked off to the Bush Hill Heritage Festival. The event runs all day, but we choose to only stay a few hours.
This festival has a good turnout every year and they try to make the local authors comfortable. These accommodations may have worked against everyone this year.
The spot for all local authors is in a historical building. Last year, it was very hot that day and we had a lot of foot traffic, people who normally wouldn't come into the building came for the cool-air. That created lots of onlookers, along with readers searching for new novels.
Saturday though, was a beautiful day mimicking fall. We had the avid readers, but no many casual strollers passing by in search of air-conditioning shelter. Nevertheless, the event was wonderful. It was a good day to meet people and learn their likes and dislikes as well as talk with familiar faces.
I also, met some new authors and Lynn sold "The Rising." I'm also, thankful to the ladies who stopped by wanting my latest fiction.
Lynn and I plan to attend a few more craft shows together. I enjoy the fellowship with other folks and along the way I'm still learning things.
I wouldn't be a true author if I didn't mention where you can find The Rising by Lynn C. Willis or Stone of Destiny.
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