The Bourbonnais Public Library is hosting an Author Fair this Saturday. About 16 local authors (including me) will be at the library to talk to folks and to sell a few books. If you're a writer and have never been to an Author Fair, consider attending - it's a great way to ask that burning question you've been pondering over. In one afternoon you could ask the same question to a dozen different writers and receive a plethora of answers.
As an author, this is another way to get your name out there. Diana Dillinger, Director of the Bourbonnais Library, has done a fabulous job promoting this event. She took the time to do a flier for each author, posted it, plus she has sent event fliers to other libraries and posted two articles in the city's local paper. That's good PR for an author! I like knowing my name has been circulating a new area, promoting my work. I will have to drive 80+ miles to attend, but with that kind of publicity, I'm looking forward to the day.
I also enjoy talking to the library patrons. As a librarian, I know many folks frequenting a library don't want to spend their own money to purchase a book. But they also love reading, talking about what they have read via a chat with friends, book clubs, etc. I consider this just another form of free publicity. If they like my books, they will tell others and the ball just keeps rolling on.
For those wondering about the specifics, here they are:
Bourbonnais Public Library
250 W. John Casey Road
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Saturday, Agust 1, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Authors attending: Arnie Bernstein, Michael A. Black, Sharon Shea Bossard, L. Sue Durkin, Michael Dymmoch, John Everson, Clarke Forsythe, Jim Graczyk, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Dale Kaczmarek, Philip A. Kledzik, Beth LaMie, DL Larson, Cynthia Jean Mueller, Gail Piernas-Davenport, Cheryl E. Woodson, M.D.
Stop by, let's chat! Oh, and ... bring your cash!
Til next time ~