Posts Tagged ‘author events’

I am excited to share that I have been distributing copies of my current work-in-progress, a YA novel called The Anorexic Experiment, to a dozen-ish beta readers over the past couple of weeks and have already started hearing back from them! While I am waiting on feedback, I am working on the manuscript for a different book (title still undecided). This month marks four years since I released Illegally Innocent, so it is definitely time to publish another book. I have two author events scheduled before the end of the year, and I will keep you updated on whether I will have a new book available at one or both of these events. I am going to try a different self-publishing company this time, so it remains to be seen whether that choice will make the publishing process easier or harder than last time. If you’d like to visit me at an author event, mark your calendar now. 🙂 Here is where I will be:

Saturday, November 12, 2016–Santa’s Bag Arts & Crafts Show at Marshall High School in Marshall, MI, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4, 2016–Christmas at Wings Art & Craft Show at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday

I am currently booking events for 2016. Here is what I have scheduled so far:

March 26–Flea & Farmers’ Market at the Kalamazoo Expo Center in Kalamazoo, MI from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

May 5–Author Fair at Ransom District Library in Plainwell, MI from 6-8 p.m.

December 3 & 4–Christmas at Wings Art & Craft Show at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI from 9-4 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday

If you are looking for a speaker for your school class or other group, please send me an email at angela@angelabaconbooks.com. I love sharing with others on the topics of writing and self-publishing and have spoken to groups ranging in age from second grade up through adults.

 

 

 

Christmas just ended a couple of weeks ago, but now we’ve started a whole new year of birthdays and (in case you’re planning waaaaayyyyy ahead) Christmas will be here again in less than twelve months. Do you need a gift idea for the writer friend/spouse/other relative in your life? Here are some ideas for you:

1. Paper and ink–It may seem simple, but writers go through a LOT of paper and ink for their printers. Many times I use Christmas money to stock up on a few ink cartridges–ink is expensive, and you go through it quickly if you’re printing off multiple copies of a manuscript for editing purposes. Copy paper is not expensive, but it makes a nice pairing with an ink cartridge for a gift. Looking for a deal? Check for copy paper sales in late summer when parents are buying school supplies for their kids. Depending on which brand of ink you need, it may not go on sale often. However, a store near you may sometimes give a percentage off on general merchandise items; ink is considered to be a general merchandise item, so you could get it cheaper in that situation. Or, if your store offers a few dollars off your bill if you spend a certain amount (like $5 off of $50), wait to buy ink until the week of one of those sales.

2. Signs with quotes relating to a writer’s life–You could get a sign, mug, T-shirt, or something else with a “writerly” quote on it. I have a small yellow sign from Kohl’s in my office that says “I am silently correcting your grammar.” I couldn’t find the same yellow sign on Amazon, but here is the same saying on a black sign if you are interested in picking it up: http://www.amazon.com/Teeburon-silently-correcting-grammar-Horizontal/dp/B00JPI94EQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452104463&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+silently+correcting+your+grammar+sign.

3. Colored pens–Personally, I use pens with green ink when I’m editing other people’s work (Looking for a freelance copyeditor? Send me an email at angela@angelabaconbooks.com with the subject line “copyediting.”), but I use all sorts of different colors when I’m editing my own work. Corrections made with black ink definitely do not stand out on the page. Bonus points to you if you buy your writer friend some sort of fancy, unusual pen with colored ink. Please don’t buy those pens that have 3+ colors inside a single pen. Many times the ink in those types of pens is of poor quality and does not come out of the pen well after a few uses. You do not have to spend a ton of money on colored pens–I’ve purchased a bag of green pens from an office supply store for around $1 before, and the ink in those came out smoothly and worked well! These pens look fun if you’re looking for a whole set with varying colors: http://www.amazon.com/Staedtler-Assorted-Colors-Triplus-Fineliner/dp/B00VY9U9W0/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1452105495&sr=8-17&keywords=colored+pens. I have not tried this particular set of pens, but they have high ratings on Amazon.

4. Gift card to an office supply store–If you want to let your writer friend pick out his/her own office supplies, just get a gift card. Honestly, office supplies are fun for writers to buy (when they have money to actually buy them).

5. Unique notepads–Writers constantly scribble down story ideas. Find unique notepads for them to use for recording those ideas. I have some notepads that look like sandwiches. You can find a sandwich notepad here: http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Gifts-Sandwichnotes-Sandwich-Notepad/dp/B008R8RCKS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452105974&sr=8-1&keywords=sandwich+notepad.

6. Shirts/bumper stickers/etc. with the writer’s book title on them–My husband bought me a sweatshirt and bumper stickers for Christmas a couple of years ago with my book, Illegally Innocent, on them. If your writer friend has at least one book published, you could do the same for him/her. Various websites will allow you to design your own shirt or other product.

7. Business cards–If your writer friend is just getting started with his/her writing and doesn’t have any business cards yet, you could offer to design business cards for your friend and pay for them. Business cards are a gift that I recommend you mention to the person ahead of time so that he/she can have some input on the appearance of the cards. You can buy beautiful business cards for low prices on vistaprint.com.

8. Small filing cabinet–Writers have an abundance of papers to keep track of–printed copies of manuscripts, business receipts, marketing materials, story notes/ideas, etc. Help make the writer’s family happy by giving your writer friend a place to store all of that stuff. I know my family enjoys when my papers are not spread out all over my office floor.

9. Change box–If your writer friend is about to publish a book, he/she will need a change box to use for author events. Perhaps you could meet that need before your writer friend has even realized that he/she should pick one up.

10. Offer to help at author events–If you are out of money but really want to give your writer friend something for a gift, don’t stress. Offer to help your writer friend at an author event–you can help set up tables and books, collect money, and watch the book table if your writer friend needs a bathroom break. This offer will be big-time appreciated and only takes your time rather than your money!

What are your other gift ideas for writers? I’d love to hear them! Please take my poll below if you are a writer. 🙂

So, I said I would give an update on whether the Gallagher Law Library helped me out or not. I am so pleased to say that their response time was amazingly quick–Stewart at Gallagher sent me an email approximately twelve hours after I sent in my question. Thank you, Stewart!

He gave me a few ideas for resources and introduced me to Google Scholar. Google Scholar can help you find lawsuits. He also suggested some related subjects that might help me out in my research. I’ve spent some time researching and still haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for, but Stewart definitely pointed me in the right direction, and I am so grateful!

I also want to give a quick update on my scheduled author events: I will be at the Big Rapids Community Library in Big Rapids, MI, for their Authorpalooza! This event is the kickoff for their summer reading program. Come visit me and other authors from 12-2 on June 12.

I’m really trying to get my next book out this year. Can you believe that this September will mark three years since I published Illegally Innocent? I never intended to take this long to release my next book, but the past couple of years have been extremely busy with really great things, like planning my wedding (and then participating in the actual wedding, of course); house shopping (Pretty sure Mike and I toured approximately 100 houses on our search. Not joking. Thankfully my dad is a Realtor and was patient with us.); and then spending large amounts of time fixing up our house when we finally bought it last summer.

Anyway, the past month or so I’ve been trying to devote a little more time to writing, but I’ve been kind of stuck on how to handle a legal situation in my plot. I debated throwing my questions out there on Facebook to see if I might have any friends with “lawyerly” knowledge who could help, but then I also have to decide just how much of my plot to give away. So, I started Googling things, and I found the website for the Gallagher Law Library in Washington. They accept questions by email and can help you find references for legal information pertaining to your situation. I just sent the email tonight, and the website said it would take a couple of days. Once I hear back from them, I will let you know if I felt like this experiment was worth it or not. If I’m still feeling as though I don’t have the information I need at that point, then I might have to put my questions on Facebook. If you’d like to try out this website, here it is: https://lib.law.washington.edu/questions.html.

I’m also gearing up for two author events next week–I’m speaking to a group of elementary-school students at a homeschool co-op on May 6, and I’m participating in the second annual Ransom District Library Author Fair on May 7. The author fair lasts from 6-8 p.m., and you will be able to chat with 25 Michigan authors (including me), buy books, and listen to the keynote speaker, author Wade Rouse, at 7:30. Stop by the library for this fun event! I’d love to see you.

I am currently scheduling author events for 2015 and have booked two so far. Come see me at one or both of these events:

1. May 7, 2015–Ransom District Library’s 2nd Annual Author Fair (Plainwell, MI)–I had a blast participating in this event last year and am excited to return! The library is currently accepting authors and illustrators for this fair, so if you live near Plainwell, you are eligible to sign up! Check out the details here: http://www.ransomlibrary.org/news/library-news.html#3

2. December 5 & 6, 2015–Wings Stadium Arts & Crafts Show (Kalamazoo, MI)–This is a huge show with hundreds of booths; it’s a great place to get your Christmas shopping done!

On an unrelated note, a few days ago I came across a cool website called www.titlecapitalization.com. If you struggle with knowing which words to capitalize in the title of your book or perhaps in chapter titles, check out this website. You just type in the title, and it does the correct capitalization for you. 🙂