Indy Author Fair
A couple weeks ago, I participated in the Indy Author Fair at the beautiful downtown Indianapolis Central Library, where I had the opportunity to promote my book, Shards of Trust, while surrounded by fellow Hoosier authors. I enjoyed hearing about the writing journeys of many of these authors. Whether it was their first book or fifth, I found that there was much to learn from each of them, no matter what stage of the journey they were on.
Two of the authors, who were set up at tables near me, revealed that they have their own internet radio talk shows. Not only were they promoting their own books via these podcasts, but invited other authors on their shows to do the same. I might take one of them up on their invitation, but as with many writers, there's a bit of fear when it comes to speaking rather than writing. As someone who likes to mull things over in my head, that would not bode well on the radio, but I'm always up for a challenge.
Since this was also a meet and greet, open to the public, I also met avid readers as well as aspiring writers. One young man in particular, was writing about an extremely difficult personal life story. His manuscript has been therapeutic for him, regardless of whether he publishes it or not. I hope he does, and wish him well.
Of course, I had to purchase at least one book. Who can resist when surrounded by so many great new ones? After all, I am an avid reader as well as a writer; the two go hand-in-hand.
6/6/2019 03:07:14 am
Being a book author is not a done-deal. Even if you are able to write a good book, you will still need to sell it. If you cannot find a great publisher, then chances are that people would not even be able to read your work. Author fairs like this one is a great way to widen your market. As an author, our job is not just to write material, it is also our responsibility to share it to the entire world.
6/6/2019 07:27:43 pm
This is such an important lesson for aspiring authors to learn upfront. Writing and marketing must go hand-in-hand.
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