Food for thought at the Festival Of Romance by Hywela Lyn
The Book Fair is meant to promote the romance genre, and most of the authors present publish in both paperback and eFormat.
I stayed at the Park Hotel, overlooking the River Ouse, and shared a room with Sarah Tranter, whose debut novel 'No Such Thing As Immortality' has just been published in E-format as well as paperback. It's always a delight to meet up with authors whom one has previously only met on-line, although we had met briefly the previous year.
I did not attend the ball on the Friday night, although I hear a great evening was had by those who did.
Most of the events took place on the Saturday, including a book fair in the corn Exchange.The place was humming with authors busy laying out their tables and it was great to see famliar as well as new faces.I invested in some chocolates with my name and tagline on, they seem to have been very well received, and I managed not to eat too many myself!
As soon as I'd set up my books though, I had to hurry off to do a book reading, which was held at a lovely little coffee shop where we were treated to tea and cake. Unfortunately I don't know Bedford, so it took a while to find the place, but after several wrong turns I eventually found it.
I'm not all that confident when reading in front of other people, which is probably why I look as if I've just swallowed a lemon! I managed not to stutter or stumble over any words though and actually quite enjoyed it, especially when someone came up to me afterwards and said how much they'd enjoyed the excerpt.
I'd no sooner finished there, than I was off to another reading in the shopping centre. This time I read from another book, 'Children Of The Mist'. At this rate, I thought, I might get quite used to 'public speaking.'
After a 'networking brunch', Sunday was devoted to a conference with several visiting speakers including publishers. There was a break at lunchtime for a 'working' buffet lunch, so the speakers were not interrupted by any 'rumbling tummies'! The speakers all seemed to be in tune with the idea of E-publishing and there was also some discussion on self publishing. It's encouraging to know that readers too are becoming more familiar with E-books and I left the conference feeling that while paper books will be with us for some time to come, the popularity of E-books and a Kindle or other device whereby one can carry hundreds of books in the space that used to be occupied by one paperback is increasing daily. The E-book is definitely alive and well and thriving!
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