This past Saturday, May 18, marked the first annual Frederick Book Festival in Frederick, MD! Frederick is only about forty-five minutes away, so I immediately signed up! It was going to be my first official “event” as a published author and I was excited!
The Festival was open to all book genres and as the date inched closer and the featured/guest author list grew, my excitement was replaced by nerves!
Holy Cow! I’d read most of the featured authors/guests in the Romance category—they were successful and popular—what the heck was I thinking signing up?!!
I usually get nervous when doing something new so I tried not to think about it and focused on the good! I was going to be out there, meeting readers and book lovers! I had awesome swag and chocolate to lure them toward my table and I love my books, so I should have no problem talking about them! I set up a “mock” table on my kitchen counter two days before and it looked fantastic—I was ready!
This is my table at the event! Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the greatest and, combined with several other events that weekend, the attendance wasn’t what we hoped for. Everyone ended up packing up and leaving before five!
While the attendance was a bummer, the event wasn’t, and here’s why…
I got to meet Laura Kaye!!! When I first saw her, I had a *fan-girl* moment and was a complete dork, but Laura didn’t seem to mind! She was so nice! Later, when TG and hubby came to visit, I went back to Laura and asked for the pic! She was still so nice! :)
I also got to meet Carrie Ann Ryan!! Carrie was also really nice and took this pic with me! I was a little bit cooler when I met Carrie, but not much! (Notice my cheezy smile! LOL) :)
Right before I packed up, I took the opportunity to sit and listen to the last panel of the day:“Gods, Myths, Magic and the Supernatural” featuring Laura Kaye, Carrie Ann Ryan, Meg Lacey, Loni Lynne and Jean Murray! It was fun to listen to these ladies talk about their stories and their adventures writing them!
The best part of the Festival was talking to the readers and fans that took the time to come and spend the day with us! I was unknown to almost everyone who passed my table, but several people took something to remember me and some signed up for my newsletter as well! I met two book bloggers and I was surrounded by great authors who kept the time ticking and the atmosphere fun! :)
It was a great day and now I know what to expect when I sign up for a bigger event! I’ll have nothing to be nervous about… Yeah, right! LOL :D
Happy Reading! :)