Wednesday, October 14, 2009
2009 West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston
This year's trek from Philadelphia down to the 2009 West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston was the last of three book fairs that my family and I have attended over the past three weeks. The indoor event held at the Charleston Civic Center was a welcome change from having to deal with the temper tantrums that Mother Nature threw during the fairs in Maryland and New Jersey. During the two day event I had the pleasure of meeting many fans of sci fi and fellow authors. Sales of my 2012 science fiction novel Escape 2 Earth exceeded my expectations. I want to thank each and every one of you who purchased my book. The authors and speakers in the Market Place area were especially helpful and made us feel welcomed - thank you.
Until I am able to create a clone of myself I will continue to rely on my family to assist me in promoting Escape 2 Earth, Dimensions In Time, Observations From The Center of Society and the upcoming Return 2 Earth. Speaking of family on Saturday I had the good fortune to meet Winter Donaldson and her daughter Summer. Winter is the author of The Missing Crest. If you are a bird lover I suggest that you check out this heartwarming story. In addition to meeting the Donaldson’s I had a chance to chat with author/artist Gary Bowen, and several other talented attendees like author/poet Frank X Walker.
There are so many people who have helped me in so many ways during this book festival that I can’t name them all so I will just mention a few. To Rob and Miranda Phillips Walker, thank you for taking the time to give my daughter Lauren the scoop on the ins and outs of small press publishers and more. And thank you to my Grandson Kyle (the super salesman) and my daughter Alicia who drove up from North Carolina to help out. I am looking forward to returning next year. I have only one request, could you guys turn the heat up a little next year?