I had the honor and privilege of being part of an event in Omaha, Nebraska, at a local bookstore. It was for children and young adult authors, and I got to go to a bookstore. I feel like this can’t be restated enough. As an author, I’m also a reader, so any excuse I can find to go to a bookstore, I’ll take.
The Bookworm is an amazing store. My boys went with me, and they couldn’t believe how big the store was. I was just thrilled to be surrounded by books. We arrived a little early so we could browse, and the boys immediately found the kids’ section and checked out the offerings.
I spent most of that time getting ready for my allotted meet and greet and meeting the other authors in the store. I had the pleasure of meeting E M McIntyre and Lydia Kang. They are both amazing authors and wonderful people to talk to. For my time slot, I had the honor of sitting with Tonya Kuper, who is also amazing.
Talking to other authors about writing and life in general is so much fun. I didn’t sell or sign any books while I was there, but the bookstore has my books on consignment. Do you know what that means? It means my books are available in a brick and mortar store! For an indie author from Wyoming, that’s pretty freaking cool.
Before leaving, the boys and I each got a book. I mean, we were in a bookstore. I think it’s against the law to leave without buying something. I purchased a nonfiction book by Lydia Kang called Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything, and she was kind enough to sign it for me. I’m really enjoying it so far. So much information about stuff I didn’t know I needed to know!
I may not have sold any books at this author event, but I was able to meet local authors and hang out at a bookstore. To me, that makes the event totally worth my time.