Authors - should you or shouldn't you? I attended the SC Book Festival this past weekend. Let me say it is hard work cold selling books! On the first day, I didn't leave the booth one time. Thankfully, I had the foresight to bring in a few snacks, which I shared with another writer friend who also spent his entire day in his booth. It was a long, but productive and happy day, and I'd probably do it again. The best part was connecting with readers about The Circle. A few examples stand out, two girls emailed me the afternoon they picked up their copies to tell me how much they enjoyed The Circle. That was really sweet. And on day two, a boy came to my booth who looked familiar. I asked if he and his mom didn't stop by the day before. He grinned and nodded. His mom said she had to bring him back to the festival because he decided he really wanted The Circle. And, that was really sweet, too!
One of the exhibitors bought a copy of The Circle, and I am amazed to say she read the entire book within about twelve hours. When I saw her the next morning, she said, "If I didn't have to work my booth today, I'd so be over there asking you a ton of questions (about The Circle)." That blew me away! What a great compliment it is when a reader wants to know more about a story they've read. I am still shocked and humbled by her enthusiasm.
Readers - should your or shouldn't you? I smartened up a little on day two and made the rounds before the doors officially opened. It was fun being the reader this time, visiting all of the other authors booths, and buying a few copies of their novels. On this end, I realized how great it was to hear how other writers developed their stories, found publication, and carve time to continue their writing. The support and encouragement from these folks was wonderful.
Book Festivals - I say go! Especially if you are a writer. No, especially if you are a reader. Either way!
Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother's bookstore wearing a dark clan's mark. When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel's brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother - revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.
"The Circle is full of magic and mystery. Readers will be engrossed in faerie realms, charming characters, and a state of wonder and imagination. The Circle is for those who delight in reading fantasy and exploring mystical worlds."
--Kathleen Fox, LibraryGames.com
Cindy Cipriano lives in NC with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, more like one cat, three dogs, and many, many fish. Cindy is an award winning science teacher, who this past August celebrated her 12th first day of sixth grade.
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