St. Cloud Author Symposium


mesmallMe, Pretending to Be A Real, Non-Sick Author

Went to my first Author Symposium and Book Signing yesterday, even though I was still dragging around in a semi-stupor of lingering exhaustion resulting from my five-week battle with the flu. I won, though you can’t tell it to look at me!  I have to say that even though I wasn’t functioning at 100%, I had a wonderful time, and got to meet some super nice people that I hope to stay in touch with.

For some reason, author Eldon G. Brown and I had to share a very teeny-tiny table, which wreaked havoc with my carefully planned display (most of which stayed in my tote bags), but we made do. We’re authors. When something goes awry, you just yell, “Plot twist!” and forge ahead, right?

Eldon has written several books, available on Amazon. I was really intrigued by Dead Girl in a Charleston Marsh. (You gotta love that title. No, seriously. You gotta.) And the cover is great, too. Check it out!

Next to us was author Louis K. Lowy, a really friendly guy with what looks like a pretty funny book, available on Amazon, as well. Any man who can make me laugh is a friend I want to keep. Check out Louis’ book Die Laughing, and see what you think. I’m going to, for sure!

And the other author in our cul-de-sac was Pamela Labud, who was promoting the first book in her Blue Star Baby Trilogy, Grave Danger. It’s a post-apocalyptic zombie story about a re-animator, and it sounded good enough to convince me I should read it, even though zombies aren’t favorites of mine. Still, a well-told story is always worth the read, no matter the genre, and I could tell from looking this one over, it’s going to be good. After checking out Pamela’s Author Page on Amazon, I was truly impressed with her body of work, which spans several genres and more than one name. 🙂 (She also writes as Leigh Curtis.)

Pamela, Louis, and Eldon, I hope we’ll see you all here on The Write Stuff. I’m sure we can learn from each other, and you can share your work and promos here, as well. Great meeting you!

My sincere thanks to author Gunnar Angel Lawrence (The Perfect Day) for putting the event together. Great job! Also, thanks to the good folk at the St. Cloud Veteran’s Memorial Library for all their hard work. It was a great venue!

All in all, I’m so glad I went, because…how often do you get your picture taken with a cow in blue pajamas? I mean, hello…cow!


15 thoughts on “St. Cloud Author Symposium

  1. Keep fighting that flu, and more importantly keep getting out there and mingling. Not so you can spread the flu, but so you can spread your positivity 😉 Thanks for the update and letting us know you’re sill bookin’ it out there! Get well 😉

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    • I SWEAR on a stack of Wake-Robin Ridge paperbacks, I’m NOT contagious anymore. Just the lingering exhaustion and pain from a sinus infection, as evidenced by my seriously puffed up eyes. 🙂 I had a great time mingling, though, and that was the most fun I’ve ever had with a cow. Honest. 😀

      Book signings are FUN.

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    • Thanks, Caitlin. I’m really glad I went, even though I hit a brick wall about 2:00 and thought I might have to take a nap under the stacks, somewhere. And my new bovine buddy’s so cute, I’m thinking I’ll write her into my next novel, somehow. 😀


  2. Looks like you had a good time. It’s great to make new friends at book signings, that’s why I love to attend them. Did a lot of people attend this event? Did you get any new readers?

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    • Hi, Evelyn!

      Yes, I think I probably gained some new readers. There were several who said they don’t buy print books anymore, and were happy to find out the books are out as eBooks. They were sort of embarrassed but I told them I’d sell eBooks all day long, since they are far more profitable. They were as surprised to hear that as I would have been 2 years ago, and I’m pretty sure they’ll be downloading a book or two. And there’s just the fact that it’s such a good chance to generate a bit more name recognition.

      Traffic was pretty steady all afternoon, though I can’t tell you the numbers. I was glad I went, though, and looking forward to the next one. But I have a Meet The Author thing on Valentine’s Day that I think is going to move a lot more books. Quite a few signed up for this already, and I think they will be a group predisposed to liking my Florida book, Swamp Ghosts. Fingers crossed.

      It’s ALL good, if you ask me. 😀 Hope things are going well for you, and as always, it’s great to see you here.


    • Hi, Louis! Good to see you here on The Write Stuff! This blog is growing faster than I could have imagined, and every new author is a real asset to the community I’d like to see develop here. If you will email me at , I’ll give you some info on another good way to get your book in front of new readers. Looking forward to getting to know you better!


  3. I have to admit, I was the only one actually yelling (sort of) that, but I definitely think we all SHOULD. It would put these little problems into perspective, wouldn’t it? 😀

    Yep, I’m working on being better tomorrow, and better still on Tuesday. Then rinse and repeat until I’m ALLLL well again! And then I’m avoiding swine for the rest of my life, I swear! Except bacon, of course. I mean, no point in going overboard, right? 😀

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    • Hi, Eldon! Nice to see you here. And congrats on getting Miyuki off to CS. Wishing you loads of good luck on this new endeavor.

      The doctor had assured me I was not contagious at that point (5 weeks in), or I wouldn’t have gone. I’d never knowingly expose anyone to what I had. It took me another two weeks to even start to get my energy back. So, about a 7-week ordeal, in all. 😦

      It was great to meet you there, and I’m glad you’ve started to look around The Write Stuff. Have fun! (Be sure to check out the new Resources and Contact sections at the top of the page, too.!


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