Authors Social

MEET SEVERAL AUTHORS as they show, sign, and sell their paperback books. This is more a social event than an educational one (free food!), but come and learn from the authors. Steve assures that the authors can help walk you through the ePub process and how they got their books out. You can always learn new things.

FREE FOOD, PLEASANT CONVERSATION, & NICE ATMOSPHERE.

p.s.  Steve Stone asked me to list this event.  My book won't be displayed here :( so I have no hidden agenda... just come to support these authors, share experiences, and learn!

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I thank you all for the advice and critiques. The reality is that there was about 35 minutes before the introductions and another 20 minutes after the intro to meet and greet and talk to the authors. Those who came late may not have had as much meet and greet time. The readings did go longer than expected. You must consider, even 5 minutes each for 9 authors is 45 minutes! Some of the authors took as much as 10 minutes. Again, the quantity of authors likely made it seem longer. One other thing to remember, these are all first book authors. All of them are learning, and few of them had ever done a signing before. Like all writers, they need more encouragement, not harsh criticisms. Put yourself in their place when you post, and remember, no one here does everything right or knows it all. As to the event, We had over 50 people throughout the night. We had good food, lots of conversation, and good books. The venue was not huge, but it did the job. Thanks for coming

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No writers were criticized; the event was. And "harsh" is subject to interpretation. The organizer should have had a document that clearly stated what the event was, had a pic of the author / book with a brief description and noted that the 'meet & greet' portion would be held for 30 minutes pre and post. It would have prevented the confusion that followed.
      Secondly, the authors could have been instructed: on the meeting format, a 5 min reading limit, to pick something meaningful vs. speed reading a chapter and to consider diction, projection and eye contact. (The simple act of introducing authors was negotiated by yelling back and forth.) Also, given the constraints, limiting the number of authors speaking would have been helpful.
      To support my fellow writers, my advice is this - you are a brand. As a brand, you may not want to be in just any venue.
      Yes, factually, it got the job done. I can also replace toilet paper with sand paper and make the same comment. And that's harsh.

      March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Completely agree, John. 35 minutes before the designated start time is a little tough for those of us coming from work and across the county, particularly on a Friday. I was hoping to gain some insight into selling and marketing my work but with the limited time for discussion, it never met my expectation. Providing details on the format in the event post would have been helpful.

      March 27, 2013

  • Ivette H.

    Steve did a great job introducing the authors. Great food and comfy environment.

    March 17, 2013

  • barbara

    Stopped in very briefly, left b/c I thought we could chat w/ the authors. To be fair, I would have stayed longer if I wasn't still feeing a bit off from being sick earlier in the week.

    March 16, 2013

  • Debe

    Wow, these comments are really brutal. Tough being a newbie in the publishing racket. I hope that at least some of the people enjoyed a tiny bit of it. Free food maybe? Don't see much of that at book signings. I do agree venue was very cramped and it disturbed me that I couldn't talk to more of the attendees. I was just glad for a chance to speak in public for the first time about my book Deadly Letters. Sorry it was such a huge disappointment to so many other writers. I hope that lessons were learned all around, so when each of you publish and have readings you'll know what to do and what not to do. I feel sad that as writers we can't support each other. The two books I sold were to non-writers. Yaaa, I sold two!

    1 · March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Debe, I didn't mean for my comments to brutal - I meant for them to be instructive from the perspective of the audience/ customer with the hopes it will help all the authors get more invitations to read to crowds of people with more books sold. I'm sorry I didn't couch it in compliments but there are only so many characters allowed here. Books are seldom sold on the first take, but impressions are made. Authors are their own brands and how they present their writing by how they read and how they hold their books when they read are what makes someone remember them and their book - so practice is always good to make the best of these rare opportunities. As for being supportive I was stuck in traffic for 45 minutes for what should have been a 20 min drive to go to Wake Forest in 5 o'clock Friday traffic and I stayed to the very end, even though I had many other things to do and places I could have been.

      March 16, 2013

  • AmyAmy

    I stopped in briefly, then left. I had wanted to talk to the writers, not just hear them read. Sorry guys... not my event. I just posted this for a friend. Maybe we'll do another event where writers can truly mingle.

    March 16, 2013

    • Debe

      Saw you come in Amy. Sorry we didn't get to speak and I agree about the length of time the writer's spoke. but most readings are just ONE author and so it doesn't seem so long. I cut my reading short, being the first to read, in order for the others to have time to share. Maybe everyone who commented should get together and share, so the next event is more of a success. I wonder how many were there to support the authors and how many came for free epublishing event. This was supposed to be strictly a book signing and reading event for authors. Thank you to all who took time to attend. Regardless of what you thought...your presence was sincerely appreciated.

      March 16, 2013

    • AmyAmy

      Wish I heard you read, Debe. I'm sure the authors were just doing as instructed. It was advertised to outsiders as a chance to meet the authors and talk, so I think that's what they were expecting. And Vince, yes, I agree.

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since people are commenting then I will add to it. I arrived during the early talk part and stayed. I agree there was too much public speaking and not enough time to mingle and network. I would have skipped the beginning talks other than a brief intro by Steve about self publishing and how the authors there are connected- 5 min max.
    The readings were okay but should be limited 5 mins each. The authors need to practice reading in the mirror with emphasis and interest a small intriguing section, instead of nervously speed reading through a full chapter. The children's authors should read as if they are story telling to their age group. And the authors should NEVER fold the front cover of their book over as they read. Showing us the cover is MARKETING and folding it over disrespects your own book. If you don't care about your book why should I. The rest of the time should have been for direct interfacing - and the space should have been less cluttered for the event.

    March 16, 2013

  • Leonard R.

    It was just okay with nothing really outstanding. Sorry!!

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hard to hear speaking authors over crying toddlers and Muzac. Hard to get to the authors to speak to them as the venue was so claustrophobic.

    March 15, 2013

  • Amanda

    My son has his first lacrosses game so I will have to pass :(

    March 14, 2013

  • Deborah H.

    will the authors do readings or just be there for signing?

    February 20, 2013

    • Debe

      There will be some readings Deborah. I hope to read from my novel.

      March 11, 2013

  • Debe

    Thanks so much for posting this Amy! I'll be there with my book Deadly Letters. Hope to see some friendly faces from Write 2 Publish!

    March 11, 2013

  • Leonard R.

    See you there, Lenny

    March 11, 2013

  • AmyAmy

    John M. -- great post! Nice meeting you yesterday at the BOOK TO MOVIE event. Cheryl did a great job, don'tcha think? Will see you Friday at this event. Hey... bring the Malbec, but maybe leave the cigar home (haha)

    March 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cheryl was a cornucopia of useful information. I always like learning...especially the stuff I didn't know that I didn't know. John (_)?

      March 11, 2013

    • AmyAmy

      Yeah, I didn't know that I didn't know a lot of that stuff, either. Did you not know that I didn't know what I didn't know like you didn't know what you didn't know, just as I didn't know that you didn't know what you didn't know. Okay, I'll stop now.

      March 11, 2013

  • AmyAmy

    Deborah -- I'm not sure if the authors will do readings. This is not my event. Steve (who owns a small publishing company) asked me to spread the word here.

    Sorry 'm answering this late. These posts don't automatically go in my email. I have to physically get on this page to see the comments. My memory is not that good, lol!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Recently moved from Chicago via Sarasota, FL. Was looped into doing radio segments while in FL & would like to do the same here. Will gladly exchange ancient wisdom from the land of SEO for a glass of Malbec, a cigar or a double espresso :)

    1 · March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just self-published through Amazon so I can help answer questions. Looking forward to this event!

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Gregory K. M.

    I will be able to sign copies of my novels and I'm interested in learning more about ebooks. I am considering making my next novel an ebook. Gregory Morris

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Debe

    I will be signing copies of my book Deadly Letters and would be happy to talk to any aspiring writers about epublishing.

    2 · February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I don't think I'll get of work in time.

    February 20, 2013

  • Jeanne E. F.

    Looking forward to this.

    February 20, 2013

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