In our second year hosting author signings at BookCon, Smith Publicity brought even more readers and authors together in 2018. 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 was truly represented. All our authors 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 special 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 some 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 sooo cool and went sooo fast. 100 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 read 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 for 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 remarked on how it increased our confidence in the publishing and book selling industries, and gave us a renewed excitement for our work promoting books and authors.