Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tucson Festival of Books!

I wore myself out today at the Tucson Festival of Books (that's Tucson, Arizona, in case there's another one somewhere out there).  I absorbed great blogging advice from Chuck Wendig, who is responsible for so many of the flash fiction challenges I write to, and heard a great talk on the effects of World War I on society, particularly British society. That one featured two of my favorite mystery writers, Jacqueline Winspeare and Rhys Bowen, both of whom have mystery series set in that period.

And I spent two hours in the Children's Author Tent selling and signing books.
 
Yeah, that young man is carrying a parasol.  I wished I'd had one!  Tucson in March is no place for a fair-skinned redhead from San Francisco.
 
 
I brought my Mom with me for moral support, and a good friend from back in our school days to help out (SHE is actually good at marketing and reaching out to people.  My sales were not brisk, but I'm pretty sure most of what I did sell was due to her!  Thanks, Laura!).
 
I'll go back tomorrow for more author talks and workshops.  Then we'll go for a hike.


9 comments:

  1. Hey! That looks good (but not cool ;) ) I think I'd better do some work to find a festival of books to go to!

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    1. I will definitely do more, but as far as sales go it wasn't near worth the cost (maybe for contacts?). Something without the plane fare would be a no-brainer. This was nice, doubled up with a visit to an old friend and her parents.

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  2. Looks like a great time. I appreciate your advice in your response too. Good to know.

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    1. Such fun, really. It's a festival really as much or more for readers, and I spent a lot of time with my reader hat on

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  3. Went hiking this morning, then to the Visitor center, where of course I bought another book :p

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  4. Sounds like a great time! So glad to you got to meet Chuck W.

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  5. Actually went to two panels he was on.

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  6. I guess you now have a bit more know-how for the next book festival.

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    1. Yes! Laura and I were already planning how to make the next one work better for me.

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