Friday, September 21, 2012

Literary Events: Attending or Not So Much?

The year has been flying by and as an author, I get excited when a new release is pending, don't you? Remember, I was a reader long before I penned my first novel. (That was a long time ago, another story for another blog.)

Today's notable is on literary events. Authors: Have you attended any this year? Why or why not? Were they well organized? Overwhelming? Maybe just not as informative as expected? This goes for writer's conferences and gatherings as well.

With E-books at the ready of a one-click, paperbacks are still in demand. I love having personalized novels in my collection, which is why I love attending book fairs, events, even dressing up for the theme it holds. Yes, I've done that and it's a lot of fun.

When attending literary events, are you networking with other authors, publishers, editors that provide specific services that may tailor to your future needs? I know we're all trying to sell our products, but usually in the midst of the madness, a gem or two fall into your lap. Be aware and research the business to see if it's a good fit for you.

Noted book fairs like the BEA and Harlem Book Fair, have become staples in the industry, along with a few others. One event on the rise is The Annual Authors Literary Festival being held in Richmond, Virginia from November 2-3, 2012 at the Sheraton Richmond Park South.

This particular festival will feature over forty authors including: Gwyneth Bolton, Brian W. Smith, Booker T. Mattison, Trice Hickman and many more. A meet and greet will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 8pm to Midnight featuring poets from all over the country.

This is one event that will be talked about for months to come. Don't be left out.
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I'll be there with the lovely young lady featured below as "Nieva Claiborne" in the RENDEZVOUS Series. See you soon!
Loretta R. Walls, Author of RENDEZVOUS 2: Nieva's Dilemma #nucherte


  1. I'm just starting my plunge into literary events. I attended the SC Book Festival in May and got some good information (and books) while there. I also heard from some of my favorite authors. In the next few weeks I'm going to the Georgia RWA's conference and my local RWAs beach retreat. I'm hoping those turn out to be useful.

  2. That's great to hear, Synithia! I hope you learn a lot and network smartly. I've heard good things about the RWA fests. Please let us know how it turns out.