This week we’re discussing book conventions. I have never been to one, not even a small one. I have done a reading/signing at the local Salvation Army where I sold and signed about 10 books. I have looked for local events but have yet to find any within a days drive of me.
For the past few years I have been watching all the posts from friends who go to different events all over the country. It looks like a lot of fun. So I have decided that it is time I go to one.
I had narrowed it down to two different ones. One in Nashville in the middle of summer and the other in St. Louis in September. Since my kids and I haven’t gone on a trip in a long time I decided that I want to take them with me. We can enjoy the journey and maybe take an extra day or two to explore. With that in mind I decided the event in September would be perfect since my youngest would be home. However, we’re not going this year.
So in September of 2018 I’ll be heading to Penned Con. I have heard a lot of friends that I have never metofferide of Facebook will be there. My kids are excited to get to meet Kelly Martin and Wendy Knight. Since we’re going in 2018 my oldest child is going to meet us there, she’ll be away at college, to spend the weekend with us.
Since I’ve never been to an event I’m nervous. I have no idea how many books to bring. What sort of things should I give away? Where do I design and order a table banner? Should I offer anything that isn’t book related? I have seen authors hand out candy. Is it a good idea? I guess I have a year to figure out the answers.
If you could attend any book event which would you go to?