Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New England Author Expo – A congregation of kingdoms and adventures.



As many of you know, I am an author as well as a blogger. Which means that I also have a penchant for bizarre new universes, highborn kings set to topple, and the rise of the underdogs from impossible odds. I guess that makes me an avid reader too. But I am not American! “That makes little difference in the literary world,” I hear you say. And you’re right, it does… unless you’re trying to find a hive of imagineers spinning their worlds into tangible images right before your very eyes… and I was. 

Not native to this country, I didn’t know where to look for such a gathering of magic and mayhem. But it was important that I find it. This is usually how I discover most of my new reads, my new homes, my new adventures, and my new word wizards. Being Irish, and steeped in a culture of storytelling rather than reading, hearing about new tales is how I usually come to love a book. 

Eons before the invasion of England, history was not recorded in written form in Ireland. Instead, that job was left to the Seanachaí (storyteller). He would travel from town to town, earning his meal and bed for the night by weaving webs of words around both the young and the old, catching them in his tale of wonder. Feats of bravery from noble Irish Kings became legends, tales of the magical island of Tír na nÓg became myth, and all were remembered and passed down by Irish hearts and minds. 

Being immersed among the seanchaithe of the modern world, brings a warmth and a sense of home to those of Irish blood; even in those, whose blood contains the smallest drops of Celtic memory and there are many in New England. It is a key, a link that ties us all together, no matter where we are... And I have found my home away from home. 

The New England Authors Expo opens its doors on July 27th 2016, at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street (Rte. 62), Danvers, MA 01923, and I intend to be front and centre when it does. 

I discovered this author event quite by accident really. In all honesty, I was looking for somewhere to peddle my own fantastical tale that comes in the form of a novel, The Paladins of Naretia. Begin a debut author, and a self-published one at that, I was unsure if I could compete with the many wonderful and talented authors of New England. But hearing of this wonderful event, and ever the one to jump on a grenade as well as an opportunity, I seized the chance to feature the New England Author Expo on my blog instead. Taking my gumption and my phone in my hand, I contacted the organiser of the event, Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing, to find out more, and I’m very glad that I did. 



Chris’s warm and friendly manner immediately put me at ease as he spun his own tale on what I was to expect at the author expo. From the comradery of fellow authors attending (some fondly nicknamed “guitar guy” and “penguin lady”) to the deluge of valuable information to be had, this truly sounded like something that I HAD to share with you all. 



Not only that, but last year, author Leo J. Maloney and the New England Author Expo raised funds for a very worthy charity, Mission K9 Rescue, which supports retired military and contract working dogs. Each year the New England Author Expo champions an new charity. Hearing that, I needed no further excuse… so here it is, what to expect if you join me at the New England Author Expo. 



The expo comes in two parts.

 

The first part is primarily for authors, agents, illustrators, publishers, book stores, librarians, papers, television stations, and little old bloggers like myself. A frenzy of the all-important networking and word-spreading of author’s works happens between 11am and 4pm. Sound good? It did to me. I can’t stress how impressed I was to hear about this part as I've never heard of a proper networking event like this before. Authors can book their table at the expo for ONLY $60, and this is beyond a good deal in my humble opinion. An “author’s spot” is half of an 8 foot table. If the author needs more space they can buy two spots and get the whole table. We also have a “publisher’s spot” which is $150 and is a whole 8 foot table. The publisher’s spot allows for a publisher and up to three of their authors at the table.

Here’s what you get for your money.
Not only do you mingle with people who can spread the word about your book, and book buyers from libraries and stores, but this section of the expo also consists of seminars geared to helping you succeed. This year the presenters will discuss:- 

·         12 noon – The business of being an author – Mandi Lynn, Chuck Miceli, Stephanie Queen, Ashley Royer, to name just a few.
·         1pm – Writing and editing – Kristy Acevedo, Tanya Gold, Kate Victory Hannisian and more.
·         2pm – Publishing/Marketing today – Rona Gofstein, Mayur Gudka, Jason Harris, Steven Porter.
·         3pm – E-commerce and Social Media – David MarkFowler

The second part, which is FREE, begins at 4pm. The gates of the inner sanctum of the imagineers part way and welcome the public into its many worlds. The merriment, discoveries, and purchases continue until 9pm, but it’s not just about selling books. After 5pm the public can partake in some fascinating seminars of their own. The dreamful tale of Ashley Royer’s success, illustrated story telling of Nancy Silberkleit, and many more, will ensnare minds. Also, Mark Goddard, teacher, author, and actor who played Major Don West on TV’s Lost in Space, will be in attendance.

So, if like me, you find the sound of this event unmissable, please come and find your own adventure. More information can be gathered on Chris Obert's website. And authors, there’s still time to book your table. But with only a limited number left, it's best to get there soon and avoid disappointment. I might even see you there… I’ll be the one with the Irish accent, touting a Dictaphone and asking all the questions. 

Oh, and did I mention, there's also a bar! Bonus.

  

83 comments:

  1. I love supporting fellow New Englanders, so I will most certainly be checking this out.

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  2. This has to be the best event ever. Surrounded by all things literary? I would love to attend. I am not much for fantasy and horror, but they are certainly popular these days.
    Carol

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    1. They cover EVERY genre here, including non-fiction.

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  3. Now this is an expo I'd actually LOVE to attend. Sounds so interesting

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  4. This looks a great event! I love books! Sadly I live in Scotland so this is a bit far for me to travel

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    1. Me too, I am so far from this event.

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  5. Sounds like a great event to attend, I've never attended an event like this before

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  6. I enjoy discovering Indie authors, they need so much support. I will definitely check this out and buy a copy of the book (I write book reviews) I promise to write a nice review ;-)

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    1. Oh my Gosh, thank you so much. I really hope you enjoy it :) I'm working on book two as we speak, but it will take a looong time.

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  7. I would love to go to something like this. I am a wannabe writer and blogger as well and have just finished my first full draft of my first novel. I am working on the editing now. It's a Fiction Thriller Suspense story. It's hard to get started and something like this could be the perfect spring board. I can't wait to hear your experiences when you return.

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    1. It really would be the most fantastic event for you. Good luck with your book.

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  8. Sounds like a very interesting and good expo. Always good to support literary folks.

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  9. What a perfect event for you. I love that they are also benifiting animals. Win/win.

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  10. Now this is an expo I'd LOVE to attend. Sounds so interesting

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  11. What a great event to find out about some new authors!

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  12. This definitely sounds interesting! Love learning about new offers

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  13. This looks like a great expo! I am in New England and not too far from Danvers :-)

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  14. Sounds like such a cool expo. I love watching fantasy shows but rarely ever read books in this genre x

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    1. They cover books in EVERY genre, including non-fiction.

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  15. This looks like a wonderful event. I'm not in the area so I won't be participating, but I hope you have a marvelous time!

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  16. Sounds like a great expo! I wish I lived closer so I could get to experience it first hand.

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  17. I realized you were a writer as well as a blogger but I did not realize that you were not American. When did you move?

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    1. We moved three and a half years ago. We'll be moving to the UK in about a year. Never a dull moment.

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  18. This expo sounds awesome for writers and book enthusiasts! It will be a great place to meet other writers and learn something new.

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  19. I am so glad you found this expo and hope you connect with other storytellers like yourself. Best wishes for success with your future writings!

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  20. I wish I lived closer. I would love to come to the New England Author Expo. Hearing about new authors is a great treat to a book lover/ writer like myself.

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  21. This is awesome! Right down the road from where I went to college. I am definitely going to check it out!

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  22. Wow! This sounds perfect for you. There is nothing like meeting people with the same passion as yourself. Have fun, promise to write a post about the experience!

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    1. you have my word and i will have lots of pictures.

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  23. I love getting together with like minded people and this sounds like a great event for a writer! Cant wait to hear all about it afterwards!

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  24. How fun! I'm not an author, maybe only in my dreams, but this looks like a fun place to be. As a book blogger, I love meeting and hearing authors speak and I dream of going to Book Expo America one day, it's on my bookish bucket list!

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  25. This sounds like it is an awesome event! I am all about events like this that help you network and discover new things!

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  26. I have been to book expos before, so much fun..so many books! Looks like you had a great time!

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  27. we have an author expo here. I really enjoy hearing how other authors do their thing.

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  28. I may not be an author but I love writing and learning more about it. It's nice to come to such an event especially since it has a lot to to those who are interested in learning how write and edit!

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  29. This sounds interesting. I will check out the non fiction genre.

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  30. This expo sounds just the kind of thing I would love!

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  31. Looks like a great event for people passionate about writing. It's great to meet people with the same passions as yours and learn from them.

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  32. It looks like a great way to support people in the literature world.

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  33. Sounds like a really good expo, and it also looks like it has a really good scbedule!

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  34. Wow what an amazing event, it sounds as though you will have such a fantastic time

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  35. I like to go to an expo like this but I have no time because most expo in our countries are based on the city.

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  36. I read recently the rise of the book. It appears Kindle isn't the future anymore and we actually like to turn pages and delve into the pressed word. Expo's like this must be so beneficial.

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  37. this sounds like a great event. i can imagine the seminars being very informative and interesting as it's something id be into

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  38. This is a great opportunity for authors and those who want to start writing as well as those who love to read. I'm sure you learned so much from those seminars.

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  39. It is nice to help a fellow. You are so kind. I wish I can go to this kind of event.

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  40. Oh wow, that sounds like such a fun event. I would love to go if we have the time and money to do so.

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  41. I havent heard of this before but it sounds great!

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  42. TP! I bloody love that pic you have at the beginning of this post. It signifies so much! Will share on twitter and tag you. Are you on instagram?
    I wish I could go to this Expo it sounds amazing. Have loads of fun for me ok. hahah and shared what you've learned there.

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    1. Thanks Enricoh. I am on instagram, but I rarely use it because I'm not too familiar with it. This is me https://www.instagram.com/tpkeaneauthor/

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  43. What an incredible event. All of the women in my family, from my great-grandmother to my mother, have worked in the library. Spending much of my time in libraries, has given me such an appreciation for literature! An event like this has my name written all over it. You are a brilliant writer!

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  44. This looks like a great event for authors! I am sure you will have an amazing time. I need to check out your book.

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  45. I have attended an event similar to this before and I really enjoy it. I hope I can attend again, I would love to hear some inspiring words from authors and would love to check some books.

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  46. This looks like such and awesome event! I wish I were closer, I love books!

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  47. Sounds like a great event - even if one is not a blogger or an author - just for all the learning :)

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  48. This sounds like such a fun event, it's a great place to get inspiration from.

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  49. This sounds like a fantastic event and opportunity! I'm glad you found it and hope you have a great time! It's also nice to hear about the K9 charity fundraiser.

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  50. This sounds cool, we don't have anything like this near me!

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  51. Why do we not have such events in the small country ton I live in?? I would love a literary fair to feed my ever loving book addiction :)

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  52. I would love to be surrounded but authors. I love events like this where people who would never meet otherwise have such a huge thing in common. This is where people just "get" each other.

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  53. I love this type of event, have been to one or two but gosh nothing quite like this sounds rather cool

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  54. oh man, i wish i was closer and I would so go to this. looks like it's a blast.

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  55. I never attend to this kind of event and I think Its so fun and a good event to attend.

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  56. Ooh this sounds like a great event to attend, if only I lived closer! xxx

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  57. This sounds really interesting!! So many brains to pick on lol

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  58. Sounds like a great Expo to attend! I am also very fascinated by story tellers who can be as equally exciting as reading the adventure yourself!

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  59. Ooooo wish I was a tad bit closer because this expo sounds great!!! I love these types of events.

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  60. I am invited to this event, I'm still trying to work around my schedule. Good luck!

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  61. The event sounds like it was very interesting bet you had a great time.

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  62. How I wish I lived closer as this sounds like an amazing event

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  63. hat sounds as if it will be absolutely amazing! I fully agree with supporting authors and publishers.

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  64. Amazing event for book lovers! Would love to be there too

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  65. That sounds like an awesome expo! I wish I were closer because I would have loved to go to this. I bet it was a wonderful time there too!

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  66. Now this is an event I would love to attend! Sounds so interesting!!

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  67. Sounds like the absolute perfect event for you - no wonder you're so excited! Hope you find some great new authors to follow, and get lots of attention for your own book. :)

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  68. This looks a great event! I love books and so does my husband. He would love this event. I'm showing him now. Thanks for the info!

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    1. Wonderful. Hopefully we'll see you there

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  69. This sounds like such a great expo for you. Loved hearing your excitement about it in the post.

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