How to Work a Book Festival

I think writers attend book festivals for different reasons. When I attend a book festival or a conference of any sort, I want to meet people, talk to experts in the field, and make contacts.

Last year at the Los Angeles Festival of Books, I spoke with authors, publishers, and book sellers. I made an effort to shake hands, introduce myself, and ask them something specific about their product.

One book seller showed me their upcoming publications which might be of interest to my students. A science fiction author shared with me his path to success and offered me a free t-shirt. Of course, some authors are just there to sell their book and, if you’re not buying, they’re not talking. I respect that as well and don’t take their time.

Of course, festivals also have goodies – lots and lots of goodies. I love the swag!


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Noreen Lace

Originally from the Midwest, Noreen Lace received an MFA from California State University where she now teaches. She believes in the beauty of language to express the darkness in life. She is the author of two novellas, West End and Life of Clouds, as well as a book of short stories. Here in the Silence. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in national as well as international journals, including The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, The Oleander Review, Vine Leaves Press (Australia), Silver Stream Journal (Ireland), Pilcrow and Dagger, Fishfood, and others. "Memorial Day Death Watch," a memoir of her father's passing, placed as a finalist in Writer Advice, while her poem, "All at Once," was published as a finalist in Medusa's Laugh Contest issue. More work is always in progress.

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