I’m pretty excited that today is Monday. Before all of you start asking if I am ill let me explain why. Before I moved from Boston to London I worked full-time in an office. In my free time I was writing a novel. When we decided to move to London, we thought this would be a good opportunity for me to finish it.
Today I am attending the London Book Fair. This is my first event of this type. The conference, which lasts three days, has many seminars on topics that I’m excited to learn about.
To be honest, I didn’t know about the London Book Fair until a couple of days ago. While on a walk with my dog, I walked by the place where it will be held and saw the sign. I went home and looked into it and found out that it’s a conference. The decision was a no-brainer. There is no time like the present to chase after my dream of becoming a published author. I have heard that writing conferences are a good way to learn and to meet people within the publishing world.
I will be at the conference for three days, which means that it make take me longer than normal to respond to your comments and to visit your blogs.
I hope all of you have a wonderful three days.
Oh, I’m so jealous! Have fun! I look forward to your posts all about it!
It was so much fun and there will be plenty of posts about my experiences. I learned so much!
This sounds like a great idea! Best of luck and I hope it gives you all the inspiration you need to finish your novel.
Thanks so much…it was very inspiring and now I just need to learn how to channel that inspiration so it doesn’t fizzle.
OMG! I love book fairs… I love anything that has books and words in it… 🙂
This is a wonderful news dear TBM, and sounds so exciting too… I wished to be there too. Good Luck for your writing, I haven’t known that you were writing a novel… How beautiful. I wish you to have a nice Book Fair experience in these three days… Thank you, with my love, nia
Thanks Nia. It was a great experience and I’m already looking forward to attending next year.
I am so glad to hear this dear TBM, should be so nice. You are welcome, have a nice and enjoyable reading moments, Love, nia
You too Nia!
Wow, good on you! Enjoy the 3 days
Thanks! I did!
Enjoy yourself…so jealous right now.
You would have loved it Jo.
I always knew there was a reason why we get along so well. I too have a dream of writing a novel one day! For the time being though, I write book reviews for a company, so when you finish your novel I would love to review it for you!! Did you notice that I said “when” not “if” because I know you will do it! Have a great time at the book fair. 🙂
I didn’t know you write book reviews. That is so cool! I’ll send a copy over when it is published!
The website for the company that I do reviews for is http://www.allbooksreviewint.com. You may want to check it out at some point because they do promotional packages for authors. Glad you had fun at the book fair. 🙂
Thanks for the website. Will keep you and your company in mind!
Sometimes the opportunities we stumble into are the most rewarding. Enjoy!
I have found that to be true on many occasions. Thanks!
Oh I am jealous!!! I had seen this about a year ago, listed in Book and Author events and would love to go sometime…don’t leave out any details when you report back in! 🙂 Have fun!!
I’ll do my best to share everything I learn. I only hope you guys don’t get sick of all the posts I’m planning starting next week.
What a great step to take! You’re already that much closer to your dream.
I hope you are right Sarah!
That sounds fantastic – have a wonderful time!
Thanks! It was better than expected!
All the best TBM! Have a great time!
When opportunity knocks, you answer. Enjoy yourself and learn much plus do a little networking for the future. That book publishing is just around the corner. Don’t worry about us, we will always be here.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks Francine. It was a wonderful experience and I feel lucky to have taken part in it.
Super excited for you! Go get ’em!
How exciting! Hope it’s fun. That’s awesome that you are working on a novel!
Writing is always something I’ve enjoyed. I’m usually scribbling something down somewhere.
Best of luck at the conference! What is your book about?
The conference was great. Ah the million dollar question, what is the book about? Hopefully soon I’ll be able to spill all the beans about it.
I hope you were able to make some good contacts…!?
I learned a lot and found some avenues to explore.
I hope you can make the most of it. Good luck with the fair and the writing as well.
We will forgive you not being here if, IF, you tell us all about it 🙂
I have a lot of ideas for posts. I’m hoping to start a series on the fair this Monday.
What a great opportunity! Knock ’em dead!
A writer’s conference? Let me know how it works out for you, please?
I will Hook…I thought about you and your book while I was there.
I hope you have a wonderful experience at the conference!
Thanks Carol…it was awesome!
Good luck. Hope it’s all you want it to be! 🙂
Oh it was and more!
That’s great! Good luck and enjoy your conference! 😀
Hi TBM, I love attending book fairs and conferences, but perhaps for different reasons – as an academic, I usually end up doing either the organizing or the presenting or the facilitating of sessions or inviting guests – always something that I look forward to and enjoy with relish. I’m pretty geared up as well with our upcoming festival here in Singapore. Hope you can come for that as well, we have huge publishers coming over (e.g. Sarah Odedina who published JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, for instance) and wonderful speakers such as Leonard Marcus and Margarita Engle. Come to Singapore! And do tell us all about the London Book Fair, would love to hear the things you’ve learned and seen in the Fair. 🙂
I loved the fair and I have so much to share with all of you. The Singapore event sounds amazing! I wish I could make it. We are contemplating Singapore next year though. Enjoy your event and I’m jealous that you have a more hands on role with book fairs and conferences. I met many wonderful academics over the past few days. It is an amazing place to have conversations with people from all over.
I hope you will share some of the nuggets you learn – ?
Will do Lynne!
how fun…enjoy yourself. We will be waiting for your report.
I didnt know you write a novel, would love to read about it
It was a lot of fun Novroz! Thanks!
The easy part is to write a book, but market and sell the book takes a lot more efforts and energy. Good luck on the book.
Thanks Valentina…marketing is difficult. I learned a lot and I’m looking forward to the challenge someday.
I wrote three books, the last one will come out on the market in about a month. My personal experience in writing them has been really pleasant and wonderful, but marketing, although I like it, is not as easy. I think that’s the same for any product.
I wish you all the luck with your books!
Thank you TBM,
two of my books are published and are on Barnes&Nobles and Amazon. If any of you have some time, please check them out: http://tiny.cc/pkoo0. The third one is in the printing at this time. Just one suggestion when you will start your book marketing: do one or two action steps a day and you will go very far.
Thanks for the tips Valentina. And thanks for the links to your books. So exciting that your third one is in printing.
And may you have a wonderful, hopeful and exciting three days too! Good luck!
Thanks Isobel. I’m a little sad that it is over but it is nice to get back into my routine. Miles missed his afternoon walks.
After reading that you were excited about it being Monday I was a little confused. Now I’m jelous!
It has been a long time since I looked forward to a Monday.
Sounds wonderful! Enjoy. 🙂
Good luck buddy – just go for it!!!
Sounds wonderful! Enjoy!!!
Thanks! It was a great adventure!
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All d best 🙂 That is a great news 🙂
Thanks! I was happy to find out about it and I’m looking forward to it next year.
Happy to see you pursuing a dream. They don’t become reality any other way. Hope you had and are having fun. Also hope you can find some treasures there.
That’s the funny thing about dreams Carl, they take work. But I love working towards it!
I’ve always wanted to write. It could be a story, an essay or an article in a magazine or newspaper. But right now, I’m a bit far from that dream, lol. I hope I could try pursuing it someday too. Best wishes for the writing conference and to your plans of pursuing your writing career. 🙂
Thanks! I learned a lot while there and now I just need to apply it to my dream. Good luck with yours…I hope you succeed in the future!
I hope I can attend conferences too. Thanks! I really want to pursue writing someday. Once again, goodluck with your upcoming writing career. 😀