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The Website to Go to for all Reader Events

Barbara Vey -- January 20th, 2014

reader events

Reader Events, a new website opened recently geared to the reader, has everything a reader could want for every genre.  The site boasts sections such as Conventions, Luncheons, Festivals, Signings, Children/Young Adult, Other Events, This Month and In the News.

Since all the events are geared toward readers, there is a section for authors, publishers, publicist and anyone else to post an event.  There is no event too big or too small and the more listed give the readers more opportunity to connect with their favorite authors.

Under Conventions you can find information on big cons such as Comic Con and BEA and smaller venues like The Novel Experience Event in Atlanta.  Luncheons are all geared to readers and feature many of their favorite authors.  Book Festivals are held all over country.

Booksignings are actual book tours that the writers are attending.  All events are listed in date order, which makes it easy to see what’s going on each month and as this site catches on, the more events that will be listed.   There’s even an online event section geared for such things as author Facebook parties for their readers, blog get-togethers and other online gatherings for readers.

With the high demand for all things Children/YA, this section is especially welcome.  Parents are always looking for new and interesting happenings and I really believe the kids get especially excited about them.  I’ve seen it happen at many conferences that include YA authors.

This is a very timely and much needed site.  As I reader, I always found it frustrating to look all over to find out if anything was happening in my area and now it’s at my fingertips.  I encourage anyone who loves books to check it out and anyone who markets books to take advantage of this unique free opportunity to get their stuff noticed.

Bottom Line:  I’m off to see what’s going on in Florida this month.

Southern Magic Reader’s Luncheon

Barbara Vey -- November 5th, 2012

Saturday I had the honor of being a special guest at the Southern Magic Luncheon in Birmingham, Alabama.  This event is dedicated to readers and the Southern Magic RWA goes all out in showing their appreciation by hosting this not to be missed gathering.

 

The programming is tight with a meet and greet, buffet luncheon, achievement awards for their members, door prizes donated by authors, raffles baskets with proceeds going to Literacy, a welcome speaker and keynote and a popular booksigning.

Authors Debra Glass and Naima Simone

Authors Debra Glass and Naima Simone

Not only did readers start off with a loaded tote bag at registration, once they reached their author’s table they were greeted with individual gifts.  While all the personal items for the readers were generous and amazing, one pair of authors stood out.  Debra Glass and Naima Simone  brought large pillows (made by Naima’s talented mother), throw blanket, travel mug, exquisite compact, books and more.  It was like Christmas morning at their table.  Apparently, they keep their offerings secret til the last minute and there is a mad rush to sit at their table.

 

Keynote Sherrilyn Kenyon and Welcome speaker Dianna Love

Keynote Sherrilyn Kenyon and Welcome speaker Dianna Love

Dianna Love welcomed the readers by referring them to reviews of past books.  This was met by much laughter and put the reviews of today into perspective. She spoke about how all authors get dinged on reviews and shared several negative ones that authors like Ernest Hemingway and Walt Whitman suffered in their time, plus this one by the British Review on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights – “Here all the faults of Jane Eyre are magnified a thousand fold, and the only consolation which we have in reflecting upon it is that it will never be generally read.”  Dianna added, “Some things never change. Like the fact that readers will always control the destiny of a book.”

 

Keynote Sherrilyn Kenyon did not disappoint her many fans by relating the 10 Myths About Being a Writer.  Here’s a few:  “Once you hit the bestseller list you gain immediate fame.”  “Writers spend all of their time touring exotic locations as they research their next book.”  “All writers live in gigantic pink houses with gorgeous pool boys named something sexy like Juan-Carlo or Arturo.”  “Once you become a New York Times bestselling author you immediately have control over your
cover, your title, your back cover blurb, your release dates, the price of your book, the format of the book and sometimes even the content of your book.”

Line for booksigning

Line for Booksigning

Luncheon room before guests arrive

Luncheon room before guests arrive

 

 

I’ve got to say that going to the Heart of Dixie Luncheon prompted me to start my own Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon, but attending the Southern Magic Luncheon showed me how much I could improve my event.  Their luncheon was so efficient, yet so much fun.  It wasn’t even over and readers were talking about attending next year.

 

The keynote speaker for next year’s luncheon will be Jeaniene Frost.

 

Bottom Line:  They’ve already asked me back for next year, so it’s on my calendar…hope to see you there.