I’m late blogging this, but I wanted to share the awesomeness of the very first Indie Authors Down Under mass book signing event organized by book bloggers Jodie O’Brien of Fab, Fun and Tantalising Reads, and Jess Savage of A is for Alpha, B is for Books. Jodie and Jess are dynamos who pulled together a professional and fun event at the luxurious Outriggers Resort in Surfers Paradise. Prior to the event, the seventy authors who attended shared the joy across their social networks and that resulted in over 400 readers and book bloggers attending, many of whom traveled interstate for the chance to socialize with their favorite authors.
There were big lines to the tables of International bestselling independent author Abbi Glines from the US, USA Today best-selling Australian romance author Kylie Scott, and Australian young adult sensation Jessica Shirvington who organized a special early release of her new novel Disruption to reward loyal fans. There were authors of Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, both Historical and Contemporary, Fantasy, Erotica, Paranormal, Suspense and Science Fiction, and the organizers thoughtfully positioned authors of the same genre beside each other so readers who loved a particular genre could just move on down the line!
I grabbed a photo with Kylie Scott when she was having a break. Her latest novel “Play” was about to be released, and heaps of fans were beating a path to her table.
Early in the day some pretty scrumptious firemen turned up (terribly distracting) selling the Fireman’s Calendar to raise funds for burns victims. But Jodie and Jess weren’t finished with the distractions. Oh no, they had Richard Lawrence (UK personal trainer and cover model) roaming around shirtless for the entire day happily posing for pictures with readers and authors alike. This snap is of Richard with Novels on the Run book blogger Michelle.
It was just a fabulous day and I wish, wish, wish I’d been able to stay at Outriggers for the weekend, but other commitments meant I could only attend the actual signing. However I want to send a shout-out to all the readers and bloggers who came over and said hello! It was a busy day with very little down-time, and lots of great networking, laughs and book chat. Big thank you to Jodie and Jess, and when I get the date for next year I’ll keep the weekend free!