Did you have a good weekend? Oh good, okay we’re done talking about you, let’s talk about me.
I did a little presentation at a conference in Rocklin, CA, on Saturday for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, or SCBWI, pronounced “scubb wee” among the dark seedy underbelly of children’s book writers. It was held at the City of Rocklin Event Center, formerly known as the Sunset Center.
Thank GAWD they didn’t rename it the Power Balance Event Center – I would have had to reconsider my attendance.
You’re probably saying, Hey I didn’t know you were a children’s book writer, too! Well, you’re WRONG, Mr. Presumapants. I am not a children’s book writer.
So now, you’re probably saying, Then why were you presenting at one of their conferences?
Well, if you’d just give me a cotton pickin’ minute, I’d tell you. So, relax already and maybe scale down on the coffee.
Anyway, as I was trying to say, if you’d let me get a word in, is that I disscussed how to market yourself or your book using social media. I got to wear a very important looking badge and everything:
They had a “Freebie Table”, from which people could pillage and pilfer to their heart’s desire. So I added a Nanny Goats in Panties coffee mug and a bunch of NGIP pens.
Would you believe they took all the pens and left the mug??? Do you think they were afraid to take it, like it wasn’t really free? Or do you think people prefer pens over coffee mugs? I mean, what would you swipe from a “Freebie Table”? Everything, right?
Yes it was the only coffee mug on the table, the other goodies were primarily bookmarks, postcards, and brochures. If I put TWO mugs on the table, THEN would you believe they were free?
At the conference bookstore, amongst all the children’s books was my humble little book, Sticky Readers.
Bitsy Kemper, one of the authors moderating the panel I was on (and yes, her name really is Bitsy) is also a local actor in one of those mystery dinner theater shows. Here she is autographing one of her books. Isn’t she the cutest little thing?
I was shocked when not only did people buy my book, but they wanted me to inscribe their copy as well.
My head got so big, I think I sprained something.
Giveaway Winner Announcement
OK, enough about me, let’s celebrate the winners of last week’s T-Shirt Giveaways. Congratulations go out to:
Meleah of Momma Mea Culpa