The South Jersey Writers’ Group participated in the Collingswood Book
Festival.This was the Book Festival’s
11th year and each year it gets bigger and better.One of the things that made it better this
year, was that the SJWG’s had a table.
had a great location, and a very nice tent to shade group members from the
sweltering sun.Although it was October,
it felt more like August. The heat seemed to make everyone feel a little less
worked hard selling books. Tall Tales
and Short Stories was for sale and other group members had some table space to
sell their books.
East (Blood in the Past), Gregg Feistman (The War Merchants) and John Farquhar ( What to Expect When You're Dead) all sold copies of their books.
worked at promoting the group.Amy came
up with the idea for these great pins.
They worked because
people did in fact ask us about our writers’ group and we were ready to hand
out our nifty postcards out to anyone who asked.
One of the
best parts about the Collingswood Book Festival is the chance to meet and talk
with all of the authors and listen to the panel discussions.
and I really enjoyed the panel called, Publishing Your First Novel.The panel featured four newly published young
Ashley Formento –Twigs
Lubar- Extremities: Stories of Death,
Murder, and Revenge
Grindstaff- The Flame in the Mist
-Evan Roskos- Dr.
Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets
very honest about the trials of publishing your first novel, and gave
encouragement about how to handle rejection.Author Kit Grindstaff recommended chocolate.
Amy and I also attended a
panel called, What’s
the Buzz in YA Fiction-Fantasy or Realism? The authors on this panel were
Ludwig – Pretty Crooked
Drago- The Undertakers: Rise of Corpses
Jensen Abbott- Watersmeet; The Centaur’s
Mascia- High School Heroes
authors on this panel were quite encouraging about writing the story that you
want to write and not worrying too much about whether or not your story is
hitting on a particular trend (examples-
vampires, zombies, wizards, etc..).By the time you are finished writing and
revising your novel, the trends may have changed.
seemed that all of the authors that attended the festival were genuinely nice
people as well as being talented writers.
the end of the day, we drank a lot of water, we sold some books, we sold some tote bags, and got some people
interested in joining the group.If you
missed the Collingswood Book Festival or if you had a great time at the festival this year,
be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 11th 2014.