Writers Festivals - any tips?

Created 2 months ago by Chris Picone with 5 comments
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Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · added 2 months ago
Got some emergency business cards being made up.  500 of them will be delivered next week, just in time for the festival (left-overs will go to local businesses, etc., for further distribution). 

Here’s a preview if you’re interested:  http://tinypic.com/r/2cr6nwp/9

The back’s just got the book title and logline, QR code and link.

I’ve also managed to arrange for a silver-tongued ex-salesman friend of mine to come and help me with the marketing during the festival.  Wish me luck!
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · added 2 months ago
I’m in Townsville, which is a relatively small town in Australia, so the conferences here will be much smaller than any of those in the states unfortunately.  So probably not so busy but I guess the flip side is I might be able to have a proper chat with some of the other authors instead of just a card swap?

I’m not too sure what I’ll be doing exactly.  I’ll be manning one of the stalls and possibly running a workshop, I’m not sure what the club has planned for me yet.  I think there will be a few of us there though, so I should get at least some free time to go and visit classes. 

Thanks for the feedback so far.  I’m looking up business card printers as we speak - lucky they have fast turnaround times!  
Iy9w 11m Tahani Nelson · Author · edited 2 months ago · 1 like
The business card thing is important. I would also make one of the barcode things you can use for i-phones and place it somewhere on your booth. Link it to your book’s page. Then, if someone is talking to you about it and seem interested be like "here. You can just scan this do-dad and save the page to your phone, or I’ll walk you through the process" or whatever you want to say. Most of my sales from booths were because I made it convenient for people.
Profilepicture4 Jacqui Castle · Author · edited 2 months ago · 1 like
Hi Chris. I attended the San Fransisco Writer’s Conference about a month into my campaign, and I did receive a few orders from it. Will you be attending classes? First, I would make the most out of the classes. Next, be prepared with business cards. I have a business card (I’m also a freelance writer and journalist), and on the back of my card I have an image of the book, a review, and the link. Any time you talk to someone, whether or not you even mention your book, hand them a card and try to collect one in return. It moves fast, and it is hard to keep track of everyone you speak to. If you have a stack of business cards that you go home with, you can send them an email a few days later, say how nice it was to meet them, and invite them to check out your book. Have fun!
-Jacqui
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · added 2 months ago
G’day everyone!

I happen to have launched my book at a fortuitous time, as the Savannah Writers’ Festival will be in town next week.

https://whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/events/savannah-festival-of-stories

I will be attending anyway, providing support for my local writing group, but I thought - this is too good an opportunity to miss!

However, I’ve never been to a writers’ festival and I have no idea what to expect.  Can anyone that’s been to one give me any tips?  And are there any dos/don’t dos with regard to promoting my own book at the event?

Cheers in advance!