As promised here are some words about the support personnel I met at the Book Expo. I suspect I could get entire articles using some of what I’ve written here and each article would only scratch the surface.
The lovely people at BookaBuy. Remember when I wrote about Book Clubs? This is what BookaBuy does, I won’t be trying them out as I’m desperately trying to reduce my To Be Read Pile to be somewhat shorter than me but I quizzed them at length about how they choose books and they seem to know what they’re doing. Unlike the book club I was in they actually choose books for you by referring to a survey they have you fill in.
I nearly bowled people over in my haste to get to Books in Homes. Persuading children to read is one of my pet loves and these people are working hard at it. There are various ways you can help besides making a donation, if you’re happy to speak at schools and you’re in a remote(ish) location you can look at being a Role Model.
These lovely people are freight forwarders who just happen to specialise in books. If you need large amounts of books moved from point a to point b I’d go to them as your first port of call.
I spoke to Julia at Designerbility for longer than I thought I would. She’s got a wealth of information at her fingertips and she knows what she’s talking about. Most of us don’t have the skills to design our own cover, and that’s where she comes in. I can’t believe it’s been two years since I wrote this article on book covers, Julie could write this much better than I can as she knows everything I’ve written and ever so much more.
Some of these people were ever so happy to be photographed. I love Good Reading Magazine, I’ve read it on occasion and they were happy to give me a bag with two copies…whatever were they thinking!
Tony, Tony, Tony. Where do I put you? He accosted me when I snuck up behind him at the BookaBuy stall with a ‘Postmaster General!’ and we then talked all things Discworld, I wasn’t standing out much wearing my Most von Lipwig hat…promise. Not only is Tony Harris an author of some lovely looking children’s books which he’s also put into app format so you can play with them (I never got the chance as we talked Discworld) but he also teaches people how to use Scrivener. It’s the most awesome writing tool for authors and he spent a few minutes showing me round, my eyes doubled in size seeing what it could do. I already had it on my computer as it’s really reasonably priced but haven’t played extensively as I do most of my writing on my iPad; I’m now waiting rather impatiently for them to bring out an iPad version.
Lama sat me down and made me stop and think about writing. She helps people self-publish their books. One of thing she said was to look at your final goal, do you want to make money out of your writing or do you want to just see your name on a book? If you want to make money then you need to do far more than just write one book and expect it to make you a squillionaire overnight, have in mind several books and expect to publish every year ensuring your marketing is hard at work and don’t expect to get sales from social media. What Lama does is to guide you through the entire self-publishing process, helping to make things easy. Then I asked her where she came from, she was pleasantly surprised when I told her I loved Jordan.