When was the last time you got to attend an author event? It's been a long time for me as well. Try to imagine my delight when I not only got to attend an event, but I was invited to be on one of the author panels! Not only that, but there were so many friendly faces I knew in the room from my family and friends as well as family members who tuned in remotely and even offered questions for the panel. My fellow authors were middle grade writers, one wrote fantasy, two wrote non-fiction, and we were all from Colorado.
The event was organized by Rondi from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) with the help of Second Star to the Right bookstore event organizer Lauren. Both ladies knocked the ball out of the park, tirelessly and kindly answering questions, posting reminders, encouraging this nervous author. Now I'm jazzed to do it again.
Lauren is also the school visit coordinator for her store, and I can't wait to hear from her with an invite from a local school. I have fun activities planned for a small group of students and am brainstorming what could be done with a large gathering.
If you are a teacher or librarian, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks Rondi and Lauren!