Fall Author Fair (Long Island) Summary

On Saturday 11/16, I participated in the St. Stephen’s Fall Author Fair on Long Island. I was privileged to be included by Debbie De Louise, an author I met earlier this year when I took a trip to the Hicksville Public Library to sign a copy of my book. As I got to know her and the team coordinating the event, I decided to sign up and become 1 of 9 authors featured in this annual event.

The event lasted three hours, and we had had free refreshments courtesy of St. Stephen’s. They were very accommodating and included a table for each of the authors. Since this was the first author fair I’ve ever attended, I thought I’d share what it was like to attend one. Debbie organized the event such that Roland Allnach, the president of the Long Island Authors Group, first spoke to the audience (after Debbie’s wonderful intro). Roland shared great insight for the participants and visitors about how tough it is to be an author and find the opportunity to meet new readers.

I’ve shared a few pictures (courtesy of the other authors and assistants at the fair, I didn’t take any of them), but I wanted to let you know what it was like. Much kudos go to Debbie for all her hard work in preparing this event, and then to our guest speaker and all the authors. I’d also like to thank St. Stephen’s and its volunteers who were truly a pleasure to work with all afternoon. To see all the other photos, check out Debbie’s Facebook profile and/or the other authors (listed below) for all the photos they took and the tables they set up.

In the above picture, you can see my table. Since I was somewhat unfamiliar with the event, I must be honest and say… I had the weakest looking one! But I’ve learned a valuable lesson about the future. Bring pens! Create and order a big marketing sign to stand behind my booth. Have a colorful tablecloth. Buy book stands. On the flip side, I was the only one to bring 2 paintings of my books, courtesy of the wonderful Roda, AKA the woman I call my big sister… as you can see in this photo. She painted the covers of my first two books last year — Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure. My bookmarks went over very well, so now I’ll make new ones for the non-Braxton books too. Everyone loved the merchandise too — canvas bag, iPhone cover, & tee-shirt.

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The day was organized into three (3) sections. In the first hour, three mystery authors spoke to the group for a few minutes, then everyone could walk around and get to know the authors. In the second hour, three romance, fantasy, dark fiction, and young adult authors spoke to the group. In the third and final hour, two non-fiction authors spoke to the group. If anyone bought a book, they received a free raffle ticket. You could also buy one as a small donation. At the end of the event, we had 9 books to giveaway to the raffle winners — courtesy of each attending author. We all donated one to the book fair.

Catherine, Me, Debbie

Let’s meet all of the authors

Roland Allnach

Debbie De Louise

James J. Cudney

Catherine Maiorisi

Nika Rhone

Tracy Auerbach

Lisa Diaz Meyer

Dr. John Krahn

Janet Rudolph

In the end, I had a fun time. I met 7 new authors (plus I knew Debbie); I had chatted briefly online with 2 of the authors in the past, but now I have more friends to spotlight in the future on my blog. What a great day! Thanks for taking a few minutes to read all about it in today’s post.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

31 comments

  1. I do enjoy to attend book fairs, Jay. I have been to quite a few and have the book advertisement banner and other promotional items. I haven’t done one since May this year as they don’t generate much in the way of sales for me here in South Africa. Reading is not that popular here for various reasons including good weather.

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    • I’m so proud to hear you’ve got this all in order. I hope to get there some day. I wondered what it was like there, in terms of readership and sales. I know little of the country, but I thought maybe there’d be an interesting balance of international readers who might be interested too. Good weather will always come out on top!

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      • Most of my readership is outside of South Africa although I do have a loyal fan group here. I do visit the schools sometimes and do fondant classes for the children and read them my books. I do get some sales then. On the whole I think, South Africans read less than in colder climates. You can play sport and enjoy the outdoors all year round here.

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  2. Congratulations, Jay, on your first Authors Fair! I hope you signed several books. I know you meant some wonderful authors and people from your blog. Toasting you for many more Author and Book Fairs. What an exciting time!

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  3. so exciting for you, Jay, and hope you did well. those author events can be fun and a great learning experience. I also learned to keep my “marketing box” handy. along with books, book stands, posters, flyers, cards, bookmarks, blah blah blah. i also learned i can never predict what will sell, or who will buy. 😅

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  4. OMG You are SMILING! So glad it went well for you. I remember the first time I did a craft fair. I was nervous and realized I needed to learn a lot about displays. I’m getting better I think, you will too. I had the second of my four scheduled Holiday Boutiques today. It’s exhausting but fun.

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