Black Book Fair Recap

The Neophyte Author was on the move again this weekend at the Black Book Fair hosted by the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

This is my second year in attendance and it was even better than last year.

Here’s a little photo recap:

 

Candid shot of my table and me.

 

My first supporter of the day!!!

 

The Kevin Powell discussing the importance of supporting women and young people in our community.

 

Abena Sidibe, an educator, blogger, supporter, and friend. BTW go follow her on Twitter @mindbrainfanatic

 

The shoe of the day! #feetonfleek

 

A selfie with Kevin Powell (he bought a book y’all) !!! I was over the moon. I met Kevin Powell, my table was besides his, and he purchased a book.

 

My mom came through to support me.

 

A little behind the scenes selfie stick fun with author, TC Spellen.

 

With the dopest big sister in a literary game. She holds me down at every event and every author that is my friend.

This event was well organized and a lot of my author buddies were in attendance. I would say I can’t wait until next year, but I’ve got another event coming up next weekend.

Oh the go, on my grind, knowing that God’s promises are not far behind. How do you stay sane when you’re on the go? What events are you looking forward attending this year?

She Speaks Saturday (The First One)

I’m talking to you this Saturday via video. She Speaks Saturday is a new feature I’d like to start. I’m just going to rap to you about a few things. I’ll also use this as a way to respond to your questions and comments. 

So start thinking about what you want to ask the Neophyte Author–we can talk about the books, Born at Dawn, Seasoned with Grace, Tempted to Touch, Children with God (not yet released), faith, publishing, writing, motherhood, and anything else that’s within the legal limits. 

Sit back and check out the first She Speaks Saturday. Share and drop your questions in the comments for the next She Speaks Saturday. 

 

Writer Wednesday: Events

Contrary to popular belief the internet isn’t the only way to sell books.

Live Events are another way to sell books and network. 

Sales

A live event can be hit or miss. I’ve attended events where I’ve sold lots of books at full price and I once attended an event where I only sold four books. 

Here’s the deal though–you may sell out you may not, but one sale can translate into life long sales. For example after attending the BWABC in Tennessee I released Tempted to Touch and someone for Tennessee contacted me directly to order the book. 

Networking

This is your opportunity to meet other authors. You can soldify relationships formed over the internet or you can just learn and grow through some real life interactions.

Those interactions can lead to collaborations and you can gain insight about what other authors are doing to promote their businesses, establish their brand, and sell some books. 

After attending the National Black Book Festival a year ago an author from the MidWest told me about in-home books signings. I asked a few friends if they would host and praise be to God at least one person said yes. It gave me the chance to connect with real readers. 

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Challenge

For 2016 The Neophyte Authors wants you to attend a couple events. If you’re strapped for cash stick to local events in your city or create your own. Call up a coffee shop or the library and ask them to host you. 

And you’re going to say, I don’t know about any events or it’s too late for me to book now. No way. Obviously, it might be hard to get into an event going on in January, but there are events in the middle of the year that are still accepting vendors or taking participants.

Check out these sites to get started:

AALBC.com

Writer’s Digest

Poets and Writers 

What’s your dream event that you’d like to attend? Do have questions about attending events or preparing for an event? Do know any events that authors must attend? 

To Keep Up with the Neophyte Author sign up for my newsletter because I’ll be on the go. I already have two events booked for January. 

 

 

 

Join Me at the Black Book Festival, April 19, 2015

The Neophyte Author is taking it to the streets. If you’re in the New York City Area please be sure to join me at the Black Book Festival hosted by the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Come and purchase a copy of Born at Dawn.

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 2pm-6pm

Where: Medgar Evers College, The Academic Complex Science Building, Main Dining Hall 2nd Floor

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