Author’s showcase: Peddling one’s wares

 

 

This past weekend was our yearly author’s showcase at our main library. I have been to everyone of them minus one.

The expectations of other authors there can either be realistic, some what optimism or beyond reality. I am at realistic and that happened after the first year. LOL

I did sell books. That is one plus. I was able to hang out with writers I knew, writers I did not know and reconnect to writers I had not seen in a while. It was fantastic.

Being realistic in my expectations has helped me enjoy the moment with like minded people. Once I reached that stage I am able to enjoy this event a whole lot better.

But a few more pluses happened. A teacher from a private school was looking at my books. She asked if I be interested in coming to her school to talk to the students. It was hard for me to let her finish so I could tell her yes. A chance to talk about the books, writing and myself is a wonderful opportunity.

Another plus was the writer who was sitting at the table next to me who is a children’s author. She and I struck up a conversation along with the woman next to her on the other side. We decided we should hang out. For the area we live in and the size it is you’d think there be more groups for writers but you have to really dig to find them.

So. yes new friends, new opportunities and a really nice Saturday afternoon.

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How to make your site pop: Videos and pictures

I have read that to make a post pop, on your social platform, that a good way is to include videos or images. I do find that when I go to a site if either or both are present I will be more engaged compared to if it is just text.

So, I been trying to find relevant things to include. With me having a children series based on my parrot, that we rescued and adopted, there is no shortage of pictures or videos. When I have shown these to children their amazement is very apparent as you hear, “Wow,” “Look how pretty that bird is,” “He has so many colors,” and so on. It is a nice learning experience for them as well.

While I can’t bring him to shows, safety reasons and all, I do bring things in place of that. This can include pictures, videos and some of his feathers, that has fallen off naturally, which is always a big hit.

But how often can be too much? That is something I am trying to figure out.

My latest video is of him during one of his shower times. It helps living with one’s main character to the children’s series I write. It gives you a deep insight into their personality when you have an one on one relationship with them.