I had heard the nightmares. A newbie author attends his or her first book signing and faces an empty venue echoing with the sound of crickets chirping. Maybe that was why I had not rushed into scheduling public appearances since the recent publication of my first novel.
Then the opportunity came up to attend an event with multiple authors. The Englewood Public Library held their 15th annual Meet the Faces Behind the Books event Sunday, April 27. All genres of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, history, children’s and YA authors were represented. I would not be facing an empty room.
I am happy to report there were no crickets chirping. Authors chatted with the steady stream of browsing library patrons, and with each other. I enjoyed hearing other authors’ journeys to publication, their words of wisdom, the trials and tribulations, and ultimately the triumph of publication.
Deb Parker, the library staff and volunteers made the experience fun and easy. I felt at home when I saw several RMMWA members setting up tables with their books. I snapped photos of RMMWA members before the event began, so I am certain I missed some mystery writing folks who arrived later. See slideshow below:
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