Joy of writing #2—sharing

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Mini-book fair, maxi-book launch: sharing with readers and writers

Most writers adore those moments when readers tell you how much they loved one of your books. When they quiz you about how you write, why you write, and why you wrote a particular thing a particular way. When their eyes glow and you know that you touched this person with your words.

It’s love you receive at those moments. Love and attention and respect — often from a complete stranger. And you feel simultaneously high as a kite and grateful, humble, almost embarrassed to think that someone has paid such close attention to your writing.

Mini-book fair, maxi-book launch at Meeow Cafe

Last week eight indie or self-published novelists got together for a Kiwi Book Feast, where they launched new books together and met some of their readers. I thought this was a lovely idea — to share the planning, the costs, and the fun with fellow writers. It’s certainly an idea worth developing and repeating. Launching a solitary book is huge fun but it’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. Launching eight gives the audience a sense of perspective and some choices — but not too many.

Double sharing: with readers and fellow writers

The multiple book launch gives writers another opportunity to share their ideas with readers in person. It also requires writers to share the work and the limelight of a book launch with each other.

Have you been to any similar event? It’s the first time I’ve encountered a multiple book launch and I’m curious.

10 thoughts on “Joy of writing #2—sharing

  1. Bonsai says:

    What a great event! I need to talk a local cafe into doing this!!

  2. toutparmoi says:

    I’m sorry I missed it. I knew it was coming up, but forgot to mark my calendar. (Note to self…)

    1. I hope you had a great day regardless

  3. This is a great idea as I don’t like to be the center of attention. 🙂 Looks like it was a fun evening.

    1. Yes, that is another advantage.

  4. Robyn Haynes says:

    Sounds like a wonderful event – and very motivating and reaffirming

    1. I think so. I was only able to attend the last half hour, but writers and readers seemed happy.

  5. Writing is such a solitary activity, anything social has to be good …

    1. Very true. Blogging brings sociability to the lonesome task.

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