Smith Publicity Connects Authors and Readers at BookCon

Smith book publicists at the bookexpo america.

At Smith Publicity, we’re professional book marketers working primarily with the media and booksellers. So, it’s a welcome change of pace to meet with readers and the general public.

In our second year hosting author signings at BookCon, we brought even more readers and authors together. With a mix of genres from romance, thriller and young adult to memoir and children’s picture books, the breadth and variety of our clientele were truly represented. All our featured authors in 2018 had long lines for their signings!

Author Megan Edwards of Imbrifex Books hosted a Copper Black Mystery Event for fans of her series featuring journalist Copper Black. Bringing their unique brand of Las Vegas glamour (the publisher, author, and series are all set in Las Vegas) to New York’s Javitz Center, Megan and Publisher Mark Sedenquist loved meeting their East Coast fans.

Traveling from a little closer to home, New Yorker Christopher Graves (and his lovely wife, voice actress Rebecca Soler) met with fans of his psychological thriller Sinner. He shared homemade cookies and personalized books for readers.

Novelist Laura Holtz was on hand to give out copies of her newly released Warm Transfer. She met with fans, including the Reading Between the Wines book club, seen above!

Our final Saturday signing was Birds of Wonder author Cynthia Robinson. “Such a high to hear, like, a hundred people tell you they’re excited to read your book and line up to get your Juana Henry!” Robinson said.

On day two, we kicked off with cult survivor and memoirist Lisa Kohn, author of To the Moon and Back. “It was so cool and went so fast. One hundred books in less than 30 minutes!”

Next, our only featured children’s book, author Deborah Salazar Shapiro delighted fans with picture book The Magical Mindful Day. Her beautiful personalizations connected with each reader, and she was particularly happy to meet some of the children who enjoy her books.

Civil Terror author Jason Bennecke greeted thriller readers and was our final author signing of the Con. 

But we had one more special event, Black Spot Books gave out copies of author Alcy Leyva’s, And Then There Were Crows. “It’s great to connect with people that are excited about the book,” Leyva said. “I had someone stop me as I was walking out of con just to tell me how many times they’ve laughed just from the first few pages. It’s a great feeling.”

A great feeling is a terrific way, to sum up how it feels to see readers and fans excited about books. Our whole team of book publicists remarked about how it increased our confidence in the publishing and bookselling industries and gave us a renewed excitement for our work promoting books and authors.