Yesterday I participated in my first ever book fair with Good Chinese Wife! I also met my new editor for Good Chinese Wife before the fair. It was really great to get to know Anna and learn all about her forthcoming YA novel, 26 Kisses (Simon Pulse, 2016). I can’t wait to read it!
After meeting Anna, I headed to the author fair, which was held at the stunning, new Aurora Public Library about an hour outside Chicago. I was one of dozens of participating authors. Check out my table display.
My publisher, Sourcebooks, had a fabulous table of give-aways. Yes, all of these books were out for people to take (I got three myself!).
Beth and Alex, both in marketing at Sourcebooks, came by my table to say hi. I’d met Alex at another Sourcebooks’ author event last year, but hadn’t met Beth before. I love their enthusiasm and friendliness.
Here I am with Sonali!
The other author I knew at the fair was agent-sister Brianna DuMont, whose must-read middle grades non-fiction book Famous Phonies (Sky Pony Press, 2014) came out last fall and whose next book, Fantastic Fugitives (Sky Pony Press, 2016) comes out this January. I was so excited to meet Brianna’s new baby!
Sitting next to me was Karen Boncela, who I met for the first time yesterday. Karen is also a memoirist who has written about her abusive first marriage in Dark Secrets No More (Purple Knight Press, 2014) and her new marriage to her lovely husband, Eddie, in Words to Love By (Purple Knight Press, 2012). I really enjoyed talking to them and learning about her writing process and Eddie’s past life as a New York City policeman. We reminisced about Times Square in the mid-90s (which is featured my memoir!).
It was great seeing and meeting all these publishing professionals. I also loved talking to readers and learning their stories. A huge thank you to Becky Clark at the Aurora Public Library for putting it all together!