Sunday, October 11, 2009

Book Fair Update

I didn't sell very many books, but I had a real good time at the Book Fair.

Granny Sue, a member of my writing group was there and I met another blogging friend, Matthew, of Appalachian Lifestyles. And I made a new friend, Cali Davidson Frye, who writes children's books. I also got to meet Fran Cannon Slayton who wrote When the Whistle Blows.

I wish I had taken more pictures.

There was a huge space where there were tables and tables of used books for sale.
There were many local publishing companies with their books for sale. Authors were there to sign their books and there were workshops you could attend. And best of all, this was all free to the public!

Believe it or not, I only bought one book at the used book sale. There were just so many to look at and I didn't have a lot of time to spare and the check out line was sooo long. Some people bought boxes and boxes of books!

I want to tell you about the book I did buy at the used book sale for $2. It is a writing book and I love it. It has so much good advice. It is titled, Writing From Personal Experience.

One of the chapters is titled, Is It Funny? I've always wanted to write humor and this chapter was full of useful tips and ideas, such as, write about whatever you find absurd, be simple, be bold, be brief. Humor is about brevity and less is definitely more. Be direct and cut the clutter. One of the things that makes people laugh is the truth. The truth with a curlycue at the end! Another thing that makes people laugh is the unexpected.

The book is about writing from personal experience, but in my opinion it has good advice for any type of writing you might do.

I am already looking forward to attending the Fair next year and being a little more prepared next time and making the most of it.


  1. Sounds like a great fair. Glad you had a good time!

  2. Janet,
    I'm glad you had a good time at the book fair. Sounds like a wonderful fair. I hope you have a real good week.

  3. I love book fairs. Like you, I have the hardest time narrowing down my choices and I only walk away with a few.

    Writing humor and comedy seem like massive hurdles for, I'm just not that funny.

    My favorite TV show is Golden Girls and I love the writing of the show. Hilarious!

    Blessings to you...

  4. Thanks you, Janet, for visiting my blog. And congratulations on your story in the anthology!

    Yes! It's very exciting, isn't it?



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