Some of you have heard about the Children's Festival of Reading that is coming to my city on Saturday, May 19th. If you haven't, you can check out the link here http://knoxrooms.sirsi.net/rooms/portal/page/21676_Childrens_Festival_of_Reading. I have been invited to have a booth where I am going to showcase any of my author friends who want to send me an autographed copy of their books or anything else they want to autograph...i.e. bookmarks, posters, pictures, etc. as giveaways. This is my way of saying thanks for the friendship and support I have felt since becoming a part of this wonderful writing community.
Authors spend a lot of time networking and thinking of ways to let the world know their stories are out there and waiting to be read. But authors can't be everywhere at once. Susanna Leonard Hill had a fabulous idea to send her book, April Fool Phyllis, on a world tour and now Phyllis has become a real globe trotter. You can read more about Phyllis on Susanna's blog http://www.susannahill.blogspot.com. I'd like to see other stories come to my fair city and show our children a good time!
If you can't actually be on stage to promote your own books, then why not let someone do it who cares about your stories almost as much as you do? If there is one thing I have learned about this writing community, it's that everyone is extremely supportive of each other's efforts. A great story is still a great story no matter who writes it.
I don't have a book to offer the world...yet...but that doesn't mean I can't promote the written word of other authors. So here I am saying, "CALLING ALL AUTHORS"! How about sending your books on a little trip? The children are waiting to meet you!