It's been a day since I was downtown Toronto participating in Canada's largest literary event - Word On The Street.
Earlier this year I hadn't expected to get a table because I was told that they were all booked up, but in June I received a call asking me if I wanted to participate since someone had cancelled. I was thrilled, to say the least, and I immediately set to work to make sure that my experience there would be great.
I got there an hour before the event was scheduled to begin, and set up at my table in the Writers Block. I was surprised to be next to a Children's author, but you know what? It worked out because we weren't vying for the same clientelle. The organizers for WOTS were smart to keep us paranormal writers far enough away from each other that we did not compete. I also had the pleasure of being across from R.J. Sawyer. He was really nice and was extremely busy throughout the event.
What was surprising is that, as a newly published author, I was almost as busy! By lunch time a run had to be made uptown to get another case of books! Our sales exceeded our expectations.
Now, there were only two downsides to the event. 1) I couldn't go and check out the multiudenous vendors that littered all of Queens Park. and 2) standing most of the day on tarmack.
After doing three days at Polaris and then three days at FanExpo I believed my feet and legs would be quite happy to survive 7 hours. Boy was I wrong! My legs and feet are still killing me! LOL
I want to thank my Marketing Goddess, Irith, for helping me the whole day.
I also want to thank my Web Goddess, Stephanie, and my Tech God, Mike, for coming out and being so incredibly supportive. Thanks for coming out!
Thanks to Shell from www.BittenByBooks.com for coming out as well. What a wonderful surprise to have you there!
And thanks to my fans for coming out and seeing me. You guys rock! Thanks for all the love and support!
Tomorrow I'll be doing an all day interview/chat with a contest for www.BittenByBooks.com I can't wait. It's going to be a lot of fun. You can drop by anytime and post a question or comment. I hope to see you there.
I'll be at Roxanne Reads www.roxannereads.com on Friday, October 23rd from 6pm to close, signing copies of my book and doing a reading. The store will be open until about 10pm for a Hallowe'en street festival, so come on out and have some fun by getting into the Hallowe'en spirit.
More things are on the horizon. I'll be at both the Toronto and Ottawa Small Press Book Fairs too. The new year also promises lots of surprises and more events!
Oh...and don't worry...I'm still writing. Gotta get the next book out soon.:)
Award Winning Author
- Karen Dales
- Karen Dales is the Award Winning Author of "The Chosen Chronicles" which include "Changeling: Prelude to the Chosen Chronicles," "Angel of Death: Book One of the Chosen Chronicles," and "Shadow of Death: Book Two of the Chosen Chronicles." She is currently at work on "Thanatos: Book Three of the Chosen Chronicles" and a Historical Romance set in Edo Japan.
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