September 29, 2014

Young Adult Book Bash--Tonight!!

Hey there Orlando peeps and all those living remotely close: I'll be at Bookmarkit tonight for the Young Adult Book Bash from 7-9 pm. Join me, Christina Farley, Christina Benjamin, and Jaimie Engle as we talk about our books, publishing, and everything in between. And did I mention that there would be giveaways? Well, there will be! For more information or to register for this event, head here. Hope to see you there!

September 22, 2014

Upcoming Events: Bookmarkit and Tampa Necronomicon

For the last few weeks I've been holed up drafting my next novel hard core, but I'll be taking a few brief breaks to come out of my writer cave. So if you happen to be at one of the events listed below and you notice that I'm talking waaaaay too fast and acting like a kid after they've downed five giant pixie sticks know that it's because I have barely left my house for a looooong time! Here's where I'll be:


September 29, 2014, 7-9pm

Come see me, Christina Farley, Christina Benjamin, and Jaimie M. Engle talk about our books. There will be giveaways, books, and lots of fun. Register for this event here.

Tampa Necronomicon:

October 3-5, Various times

I'll be attending the con and participating on several panels over my birthday weekend! Can't think of a more fun way to celebrate. Take a look at the full panel schedule here. You get bonus points if you spot me between panels when I will furiously be drafting this book, trying to meet my deadline. 

September 8, 2014

Book Launch Recap

This past weekend we celebrated ASTRAY's release with a launch event. I wanted to do something a little outside the box this time and so we held it at a bowling alley as a nod to one of my favorite scenes in the book. Instead of doing a reading and holding a discussion about ASTRAY I decided to basically have a party. I did have books for sale, but we also had bowling, pool tables, shuffle board and such which made the whole event feel very relaxed and low key. By far it was my favorite event that I've planned for one of my books. I loved that I got to chat with everyone, that they could bring their families, and that we could all enjoy food, fun, and time spent together without things getting too formal. For any fellow authors here's what I did to plan for the event:

1. Picking a Venue: Having the signing some place fun with lots to do drew in a bigger crowd for sure. There was an expense involved, but the place I booked gave me a discount since I would be advertising the event locally. 
2. Design an eye catching invitation
3. Involve your local bookstore. Having Inkwood sell my books allowed me to focus on signing and having fun. They also helped to advertise the event in their store and through media outlets that they work with.
4. Advertise locally and online as much as you can. I contacted every local newspaper and went in to personally hand out invites to librarians at local libraries (which didn't generate a lot of attendees for the launch, but did garner interest in future visits with the library). I also did a Facebook events page and tweeted about the launch over the month or so before.
5. Cut expenses where you can. I made all the cupcakes we served which took lots of time/labor, but saved me on food expense.

Now that I've told you what I did that I think worked, here's what I'd do differently next time...

1. Send invites to local school teachers and media specialists and tie in their attendance to a giveaway. Next time I plan to get a class set of my book together and give it away to a teacher/media specialist that attends (hold a drawing). I've also thought about giving away a YA library of books from fellow author friends along with mine.

2. Have an agenda. I kept things loose this time, but next I would probably make an agenda at least for me of how the party will go, but probably I might put it on a cute poster board too so people know what to expect from the time.

3. Try to tie in the launch to a community event to draw in more attendees.

Overall the day was wonderful and I was both pleased and touched to have so many fellow writer friends attend as well as readers who were fans of GATED! Here's some extra pics of all the fun: