Write Books Reviews

eBookReaderDeviceWhen thinking about your own marketing for your published books you might want to consider writing reviews on some of your favorite author’s pages on Amazon, GoodReads, Library Thing, or whichever online bookstore you might use to purchase your favorite reading material. Each are free to join and fairly easy to use. Amazon will send you an email to remind you to write a review a few days after your purchase. GoodReads allows you to import your Amazon book purchases directly into your book section. Of course, you can erase whichever ones you don’t want to list. We haven’t been using the Library Thing very much so we are still figuring it out. We recommend that you join a couple of them. Not only do you want to include the books you have published but some of your favorite authors as well. Also, every time you finish a reading a book you might want to take a few minutes, sign onto your accounts and write a little review so you won’t forget the details.
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Local Author Expo at SFFCCSP

AntiqueTractorShow (36)Calling all North Florida Writers! You will have another opportunity to “Meet the Public” and market your writing. The Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Festival will include a Local Author Expo and is inviting all writers in our region to come, spend the day, maybe due a reading, sign some books and maybe gain some readers in the process. This event will be held on July 18, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida. They are combining several different events this year to make one big show which should draw in a fairly nice crowd.

The authors will be located in the air conditioned Nelly Bly Kitchen and will be provided with tables and chairs. A homemade ice cream vendor will be right outside. Both the nice cool building and the ice cream vendor should entice lots of visitors. The cost will be $20 per author or 15% of sales. Continue reading “Local Author Expo at SFFCCSP”

RAM Local Author Expo Review

MeAtRam (1)The Riverside Arts Market’s Local Author Expo is now complete and here are some of the results. We arrived by 8:00 for set-up like we planned after spending the night with a friend who also agreed to help us get set up in the morning because my oldest daughter injured her foot at work and was unable to do much setting up this time around. She was able to come sit with us during the event which is always nice. I suppose since we were new comers to this event we were placed on the back row right next to Riverside Avenue which was pretty noisy with all the traffic behind us and rolling along above us “under the bridge”. It was mostly cloudy all day with a few breezes and stray sunshine every now and then. In the morning the sun was in your eyes when it was out but towards noon it was a lot better. The rain even held out until after the event was over and we had packed up to leave.

I didn’t know at the time but our event was competing with the “Springing the the Blues” Festival this weekend at Jacksonville Beach. So, there were not as many food vendors or even craft vendors that normally would be there and some of the authors that thought they might come didn’t show up either. So, we ended up having about 24 local authors, including me, three Sci-fi/Fantasy writers, three or four children’s authors, a couple of inspirational/motivational writers, two historical authors, a few fiction writers and a mystery author. Of course, with the Blues Festival going on, a Regional Pet Adoption Event at the fairgrounds and some kind of sporting event happening on Saturday the competition was fierce for people’s attention.
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