I am scintillating to be a participating author in the Fulton County Arts & Culture’s Southwest Arts Center’s Book Fair 2011. The gala takes place in a few days, on Saturday, December 10th. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
No, I’ve never had my work included in a Book Fair! With this one, authors had to mail or hand deliver their books to the center to be considered. I’d never have known about it had it not been for my beloved sista/poet/friend, Colette Paul, who insistently called and e-mailed me, enthusiastically seeking word of whether or not I’d read her e-mail heralding the glad tidings. I hadn’t, editing blinders shading my vision. Hearing nothing, my networking mogul called the evening before the deadline and sweetly read me the riot act. So I desisted with the endless editing (of which I do entirely too much of, let my knee-baby sis tell it, considering I’m the only one stuck on perfection) and read the e-mail.
Yikes! I fast learned they’d be closing the author considerations in a few hours. Thanking her profusely, I set two alarms, clock and cell, something I rarely do, and got myself to bed. Invigorated a few hours later, I drove to New Hope Road off Cascade, lost for approximately 25 minutes, until I could turn myself around and calm down. I’d get there in due time…in one piece.
Thank goodness the day loomed sunny, uncluttered. A small, smiling gentleman greeted me at the glass doors of the center, warmly accepting my three offerings: my novel, “If You Love Me, Come” and the second and third books in my Wanda B. Wonders series, “Wanda B. Takes the Cake” and “Wanda B. Sings the Bailout Blues.” I didn’t have the first in the series, “Wanda B. Wonders Speaks Her Mind” on hand. My sister might have fainted if she’d known. “You should always have extra copies of your art for promotion/marketing purposes at all times” is her unerring motto.
Tickled, I didn’t even offer a self-addressed, stamped mailer to have the books returned to me if they didn’t make the cut-off. Most likely, in my mind, that option didn’t exist.
Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the Book Fair, if you are in the Atlanta area on December 10th. Uh huh, I will be grinning broader than any other author, just chatting and laughing, fluttering and soaring! Come out and give me a hug! And while you’re present, buy a book or two, share it with a friend and make a mental note to share your thoughts with me. I’ll be waiting…
Living a golden life,