Saturday afternoon was the Greenville Library’s Local Author Expo. I was thrilled when I was invited to join it and looked forward to it for months. It’s hard to believe it’s come and gone now! I set up a table where I sold and signed books, gave away a lot of Griswoldville bookmarks, and got to meet a lot of local readers.
The whole thing was heartening, but perhaps the greatest encouragement was meeting other people doing what I do in the same place I live. Among them were G.P. Hutchinson, an author of westerns—and fellow admirer of Elmore Leonard—whom I’ve been following for a while on Goodreads, and Rebecca Kenney, whose Secrets of the Fae trilogy is a young adult fantasy romance series based on Irish mythology. I also met local poets, memoirists, authors of creative non-fiction, and fellow novelists. It proved a wonderful experience.
Aside from one or two readings or lectures, this was my first real author event and I learned a lot from it. It was also my first time selling books personally. Special thanks go to my father-in-law, who works in retail POS systems, for encouraging me to check out Square, which I used for card payments.
As I’ve said before, I’m grateful to the Greenville Library System for hosting this event and helping ensure its success. Thanks as well to everyone—old friends and new—who came out!
Here’s a small gallery of the event, or at least my corner of it. My parents came from Georgia to check it out, so all credit for the photos to them.