Jessamine County's First Author Fair
In addition to bringing their books, many of the authors set up interesting informational displays with further insights into their subject matter and their approach to writing. About half of them also gave short presentations or read excerpts from their books while the others met and chatted with visitors and personally signed copies of their books.
It was a very well organized event that most of the authors would love to have become an annual occurrence, but the visitor turnout was a bit disheartening.
"I feel especially bad for the library staff who worked so hard to put the event together," Rebecca said. "They did a great job, but the public just didn't respond. I hope they'll try again and attract more people in the future."
"Personally, I had a wonderful time chatting with other authors I haven't seen for a while and meeting new ones," she added. "I just wish there had been more young readers coming by to talk with us and to look at our books."
So sweet! - playing duets in an old-time candy store
Kicking off the 2014 Christmas shopping season
Rebecca discussed Shaker advocacy of
women's equality and stewardship of the land
Tree of Life spotlighted at the
Kids Day meant bus loads of students
Presenting at a Regional Children's Authors Conference
Thomas More College
Their presentation titled Paving the Way to Publication with Partnerships highlighted how much book publishing has changed in recent years, pointing out that successful authors can no longer "just write" a book but must get involved in the entire production and marketing process. To illustrate this point, they described their own creative partnership, their collaboration with their publisher, and their subsequent efforts to build a network of elementary school teachers and librarians to promote their books.
During the conference Rebecca and Pam also took advantage of the opportunity to socialize with and learn from other award-winning children's authors such as Ingrid Law (above right) and Keiko Kaska (lower right).
Playing dulcimers for Shaker Village Music Day