Well, when last I wrote about this I was asking people to let me know how much interest there was in a 3-day Expo for independent authors. I was thrilled to find there was a lot of interest – both on this blog and on Twitter. So, I decided to go forward and have been making some plans. First, let me thank Lorna Suzuki for her support and encouragement! I have a feeling Lorna’s going to be a big reason why this event will happen.
Anyway, as we move toward the event, there will be frequent updates and like this post, requests for input. The idea here is to create something that benefits and enriches independent authors in a variety of ways. The tradeshow on Day One would enable authors to visit booths of vendors who directly service our industry – hopefully we’ll get representatives from Amazon KDP, Twitter, Goodreads and many more companies to participate. Day Two is planned as a conference day with a welcome breakfast, keynote speaker, and a cafeteria plan of workshops or speakers writers can choose from. Day Three will be a book fair, to which the public and media will be invited and authors can present their books to readers in whatever creative way they can come up with.
This post speaks to Day Two. I would love your input on what kind of workshops you would like to attend or subjects you would like to hear speakers cover. Please put a little thought into this and let me know what YOU would like to see there, because ultimately this event is about you – the author. What would make your job as an author easier, improve your sales, and so on?
I am planning on having a full plan put together and to begin raising money on IndieGoGo or Kickstarter sometime in late July or early August.
So, I look forward to your input!