Tuesday, December 30, 2014
We Should Have An Author Convention
Authors Could Use An Invention Convention
I attended my son’s fourth-grade all-day event, the Invention Convention, just before the holidays. It was great to see what the minds of nine-year-olds and ten-year-olds can come up with for an invention. His was something he dubbed The Dish Pro, a dishwasher for the single dish.
Other kids offered inventions that addressed practical solutions to real problems. Some of the creations addressed things their grandparents struggled with, including arthritis. Others solved things the kids came across in places like the supermarket.
It all got me to wonder, what if authors could have such a day where they each display their book and get to explain what it is about?
There are book fairs and even Book Expo that will show some authors at a booth, hawking their books, but they are in the minority. Let’s have a show dedicated just to authors, where the only exhibitor is an author, available and ready to explain what their book is about, why they wrote it, whom it’s for, and why you should read it.
One might say the Internet is the virtual convention and each author website or Facebook page is the booth, but nothing beats face-to-face contact with live authors. To grow the book industry we will always need to have human interaction – at a convention, at a store, at a public event. I hope one day there will be an Author Convention. Would you attend or participate?
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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at email@example.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2014