Support your local authors

Posted on October 6, 2010
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Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a good book.” — Jim Rohn

Earlier this year, I went to a friend’s book signing event that was so well attended it brought tears to my eyes. My friend and his co-author gave a wonderful presentation to a standing-room-only crowd — and sold more books than they’d initially planned.

I was reminded of my very first book signing for Writing Home at our local Borders. Before the signing, I worried that only a handful of relatives would show up. Imagine my surprise, and gratitude, when I walked into Borders and saw a line forming at my table — a line of new friends, old neighbors, and column readers from all over the community. I sold so many books that the manager invited me back to do another book signing at holiday time two months later.

All of this got me thinking: What if I could provide a similar supportive experience — a huge book signing — for other authors in my hometown, all in one location? And what if this book sale event could also serve as an opportunity to encourage aspiring authors who want to learn more about getting published?

The first annual Royal Oak Authors Book Fair sprouted from that seed. Thanks to the Royal Oak Public Library, a dozen authors from Royal Oak will gather for a community book signing and public panel discussion this Saturday, Oct. 9, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Nearly every literary genre, from fiction to self-help will be represented at the Fair. Many of Royal Oak’s authors have been featured nationally and are “best-sellers” in their own right: Book Fair authors and publishers will include: Gerry Boyan, David Clements, Judy Davids, Steve Haffner (Haffner Press), Dr. Charles K. Hyde, Steve Lehto, Trevor McCauley, Maureen McDonald, Eleanor Payson, John S. Schultz, Tom Weschler, and yours truly.

So bring your questions on publishing and the writing life to our panel discussion at 1:30 in the Royal Oak Public Library Auditorium. Help us celebrate the printed word. And plan to do some book shopping afterward. I’ll be signing copies of my own book, plus you’ll find several books on Detroit’s automotive history; fantasy and sci-fi novels: a biography on Bob Seger; a hitchhiker’s novel; a photo-history of Royal Oak; a self-help guide; plus memoirs, murder mysteries … and more! – Cindy La Ferle

Royal Oak Authors Book Fair poster (above) designed by Judy Davids. Click on the poster for a larger view.

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4 Responses to “Support your local authors”

  1. Joanne on October 6th, 2010 10:20 am

    Oh if only I lived close by! What a wonderfully rich selection of book topics will be represented at this gathering. Kudos to you for putting this together, I have a suspicion its success will guarantee a yearly gathering, celebrating a wonderful artform.

  2. joanna jenkins on October 7th, 2010 12:22 am

    What a fantastic idea Cindy! It sounds like a perfect learning experience and opportunity for authors to introduce their books to the community. I hope it’s a huge success. If I lived in your area I’d be there!
    Have fun, jj

  3. Cindy La Ferle on October 7th, 2010 7:38 am

    Joanne and Joanna,
    Wish you were here! I can’t imagine anything more fun than having you two live nearby! Aside from all the wonderful trouble we’d get into, you’d be right at home with the other creative folks here in Royal Oak! If you ever come out this way to visit, I hope I am the first person you call!

  4. Sharon on October 7th, 2010 9:45 am

    Cindy, what a great idea! If I could get there from here in less than a day, I’d be there, too. I can imagine the conversations among patrons in line and the positive energy in the room. I will be there in spirit.

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