I’ve always felt very envious of my American counterparts.
Why? I hear you ask…
It’s all down to the fact that I feel that they have more resources than us authors here in Great Britain. We typically have a tiny room crammed full of authors and ‘wannabe’ authors at The London Book Fair. Thats it!
If you take the time to google ‘Author events 2014’ and see how lucky the Americans really are! I’m green with envy when I see the NOLA author event and cutely named conferences for authors. I pout and get stroppy when I see what amazing times my FB friends have had at these events. Not only that, but they get to meet each other too. I for one am looking forward to meeting the authors I’ve made friends with on-line.
Being an author can be a lonely world. I only know one other writer ‘in real life’ and she has yet to publish anything. I can tell you that I’m practically chomping at the bit to be surrounded by like-minded and creative people.
Author events and book fairs in simple terms give writers the unmissable opportunity to network, promote and gain information. Thats the bottom line.
The London Author Fair is hosting literary agents, successful authors, marketeers, Amazon, Create space, Kobo, Nook, Blurb…the list goes on. It’s definitely the place to be.
A few people have turned their noses up at the original ticket price of £150. Admittedly, I was in a bit of a panic of how I’d be able to afford the hefty fee. On the other hand I realised that I wanted to be surrounded by genuine writers and not those just popping in ‘for a laugh’. Also, the event is being held in a prestigious central London private members club, they’re hardly able to charge a small amount for that. They have realised that perhaps, £150 is a little out of some authors reach and dropped the ticket price to £95 and refunded the difference back to those who had already purchased a ticket at the original price. I think this clearly displays that the organisers of this event (Authoright) really want the event to work out. If that means lowering the ticket price to get people to attend then so be it.
I’m also determined for this event to work. I have waited for a long time for an event like this to be available to the authors of the United Kingdom.
At this moment I’m working on the second book of ‘The Falling Series’, so I’m not in a position to pitch to agents or publishers. I will have written my next planned novel by next year, so this year is a trial run. Please make this event work so they do one next year! The only thing I want to gain from attending LAF 2014 is new friends.
I really hope to see you there! Let me know if you’re coming. The countdown starts now, and I’m very excited.
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