Author events come in all shapes and sizes. Recently, I celebrated the release of my 12th novel at my local bookstore. It has become something of an annual November/December tradition. I was blessed with a large turnout of supportive reader-friends, writer-friends, and family who came to hear me talk about the new book, The Ladies of Ivy Cottage.
I also had three special guests who talked about the making of the costumes and cover for the new book.
There were prizes drawings and a small gift for everyone: a bar of fragrant “Ivy Hill” soap handmade by my friend Beverly Snyder. (Soap-making plays a role in this book.)
That night, I signed a lot of books and talked to a few writers and a lot of readers. It was a good night.
Tonight, I participated in a new event, a Festive Fellowship & Book Fair, held at a church here in Minnesota. Local Christian authors displayed their books for sale, and there were prize drawings and refreshments. It was well-organized and promoted, but you just never know what the turnout will be, especially at a new event, and the turnout was small.
So, tonight I didn’t sign many books, but I talked to a few readers and a lot of writers. It was a good night, too.
Actually tonight was probably more typical for most of us—a big turnout is something of a rarity. I’m learning it’s best to go into these things just hoping to make a connection or bless someone—whether it turns out to be one someone or many. Tonight, I think I spent all of my profits buying other writer’s books, and there’s nothing wrong with that. 😉 Writers are readers, too, you know.
So, in the spirit of supporting my fellow writers, here are books by the people I talked to tonight, all motivated to touch lives through the written word. (Sorry, I know I missed meeting a few folks.) If any of these titles appeal to you, I invite you to consider ordering them to support these authors as well:
Becoming Mr. Right: A Young Man’s Guide to God-Honoring Relationships by Michael Daniels
8 Steps to Getting Real with Cancer: Empowering newly-diagnosed patients and those who love them by Marianne McDonough
Billy Sunday: Baseball Evangelist by Craig Bishop
Live Pure and Free, a 90-day devotional for men who want to win in their battle for purity by Dave Howe
Write With Excellence 201 and The 500 Hats of a Modern-Day Woman by Joyce K. Ellis
I Stand With Courage: One Woman’s Journey to Conquer Paralysis by Kathryn M. Holmes
Planting Hope (and other novels) by Brenda S. Anderson
The Color of Truth (and other novels) by Stacy Monson
The Beast (and other titles) by Chawna Schroeder
Book Pursued by Woody Dahlberg
The Bonfires of Beltane by Mark E. Fisher
Sinners and the Sea and Esther by Rebecca Kanner
The Baker’s Daughter by D. P. Cornelius
Civil Evil by Jennette Gudgel
Captive of Raven Castle and Sufficient Grace by Jessica Greyson
Have you ever discovered a new author at an event like one of these?
Leave a comment and I will choose one person to win a signed copy of my friend Brenda Anderson’s newest novel, Planting Hope.