AuthorFest 2016

If you’ve talked to me at all in the past few weeks, or if you read an article that I posted a few months ago, you know that I’ve been very busy with book signings. The first one was great. Five books sold! The third one is coming. The second…the second was this weekend, and was an absolutely amazing experience.

I was invited to go to AuthorFest, a multi-author signing in Denison, Texas. I met so many amazing authors.We had to get a picture together, of course…

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As usual, I’m the shortest one! I haven’t stopped laughing about that. Short girl problems, anyone? Also…what the heck is going on with my hand? I’m probably thinking this is way too hysterical.

In this two-day event, I read my work. Out loud. That was such a terrifying experience! I was sick to my stomach the entire time Friday night and just kept telling myself to not nervous puke… That was all I was considering a success at that point. I was a lot more confident on Saturday, and I think it showed. Everyone heard it. Heck, even I heard it. And I saw it…

Maybe it’s just me, but I can see a HUGE ¬†difference in confidence. I’m in love with that difference.

There were also a lot of other amazing experiences. I also had a lot of other pictures of me taken. Probably more of my book… People have told me that it looked like a lot of fun! Which, of course, it was.

I shared a book rack with a couple of other authors. It sure would have looked bare if it had just been my book! That will change eventually… I just need to get all these projects I have waiting for me done, as you know.

As is usual with any place of books I go to, I had to come home with at least one book. How I came home with just one, I will never understand. I’m really looking forward to reading it, and now that I actually know this author, that makes it all the better!

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The author is Jacquline E. Smith, if you like a good ghost story. The only bad part about the picture was not being able to get her name on there.

We also had a mascot. A polythemus moth. His name is Herschel.

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Isn’t he beautiful?

To wrap this up, it was a great weekend. I met so many amazing authors, and because of this, I had another couple of offers to go to other events! If I go, I will definitely be posting about them. I’m sure hoping!

That’s it for this weekend. I’m hoping to get my usual Wednesday post up here in a little bit. Until then…stay tuned!

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IndieVengeance Day 2014

What a weekend this was. I had a great 20th birthday on Friday and got to see a friend I haven’t seen in forever. Sunday I heard from a potential podcast co-host (here we go again…). It’s always hopeful when I get in contact with one. I know I left out Saturday. I did that on purpose.

I wanted to talk to you about Saturday the most of all.

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to go to IndieVengeance Day 2014. What is IndieVengeance Day, you may ask? Well, it’s an author signing event where independently published authors get to sign books for everyone that stops by, and you get to talk to them. I have a blast.

There are two conversations that really stick out for me — the conversation with Scott Morgan and the conversation with Amber Jerome~Norrgard.

I talked to Scott Morgan about writing. He said that it’s easy for him to get published now (I know, so encouraging, right? Stay with me), but fifteen years ago, when he was a nobody, it wasn’t easy for him at all. I told him about the book I was writing, and he sounded really interested. Of course, that may have been for my benefit, but hey, if he’s interested, who cares? I even bought a book from him. One that helps with character development. Yay, I need all the help I can get!

The conversation with Amber Jerome~Norrgard was a little more personal than that. She and I have gotten to know each other a little bit through Facebook, and I am so thankful. I asked her about her book that has been mentioned on a podcast she used to host, and she said that it has been put on hold again. Unfortunate, but completely understandable. The name of the book is called Searching for Ellen. I really want that book. It’s about her search for her biological mother.

My friend Matt went with me on Saturday. He got a couple books that he felt he could really connect with. I’m glad he was able to find those.

All in all, I bought five books. I wish I could have bought from every single author… I just didn’t have enough cash!

It was a great day. I won’t deny that for a second. I’m so grateful I was able to go.

BooksJust what I needed… More books!