...as I chronicle the journey of Shadows of Destiny from conception to publication and onto bookshelves across the nation! Learn behind the scene information about book festivals, conferences, interviews, guest blogs, and more...
Over the past weekend, I exhibited my books at an amazing event, Through The Veil: Paranormal, Metaphysical & Spiritual Gathering. This was my second year at the event, and it was no less inspiring than the first time. Included in the presentation lineup were paranormal television celebrities such as Chip Coffee, Joshua Gates, Ben Hanson and John J. Oliver, as well as incredibly gifted spiritual and paranormal professionals and authors such as Panache Desai, Don Simmons, Dakota Lawrence, and Larry Flaxman. A truly fascinating lineup. While I had an opportunity to visit a couple of the presentations, I spent most of my time selling books at my table.
I know, I know...the big question is, "How did your books do?" I have a simple answer to that...it's not about my books. Yes, a strange concept perhaps, but what meant more to me was the incredible power of the human element. I met so many wonderful people this weekend. The friendships that were renewed from last year, and the conversations and friendships forged this year made me richer than I was before the trip.
So, why is it that so many people are consumed by the tangible rewards one receives from daily life? Like most authors, I would love a sell out. But really, I want something more. I want to hear other people's stories. I want to get to know my fellow exhibitors, what do they do, how did they get to that point, who are they, really? I want to get to know my potential readers. I want to discuss topics of interest we share. I want the opportunity to explain how I developed my story lines and share my thoughts on writing with others. I want to talk to aspiring writers who visit my table and encourage them to keep at it and to let them know they can achieve their dreams with perseverence. In a nuthell, what I want is to be a friend. To me, that one friend is more rewarding than a hundred books.
I invite you to think about this the next time you schedule an in-person event, a book signing at a coffee shop, exhibition at a book fair, or perhaps as a guest speaker for an author panel...remember the human element. Take the time to share a bit of yourself with your potential readers and fellow exhibitors or authors, offer encouragement or support if that is what they are looking for, listen to their stories with interest and truly hear them. You never know who you may be talking to...the next best-sellling author, an up and coming literary agent, a future nationally syndicated radio host, or best yet...a friend.
Special thanks to inspiring friends: Jimi Merk, your gifts never cease to amaze me. I'm so glad you liked my use of the beautiful pendant you created in my newest release, Shadows of Truth. Dee, it was wonderful to see you again, sweet friend. Shelly, Lori, Laura and LeeAnn, I look forward to long and fulfilling friendships with each of you.