Once Upon a Book – Smashing Success

The past two and a half years have been a roller coaster. We have both learned so much about books, writing, publishing – the works. It takes time, and I feel like that time is finally beginning to pay off.

This past weekend, Nicole and I attended our first big author signing event. We flew up to Frankenmuth, Michigan for the Once Upon a Book Ball and signing, hosted by the FABULOUS Stacey Rourke. Seriously, go check her out and show some love. She put together a fantastic event and everyone -from the attending authors to the readers and bloggers and families who came by- is raving about how much FUN they had.

OUAB Ball collage

It started with the ball, and I really wish I had taken more pictures. Cinderella and her Prince were in attendance, as well as Captain Hook (the sexy one from Once Upon a Time, portrayed by the equally handsome model Nathan Weller), Mary Poppins, a couple of fairy godmother’s (myself included!), and even a few wicked villains. There was great food, an awards ceremony, a picture booth with fun props, and plenty of dancing.

Follow that up he next day with a bustling signing event and we had a GREAT weekend.

OUAB Signing collage

From 9-3, we visited with tons of readers and made connections with our fellow authors, bloggers, and others in the publishing industry. We even had author photos taken, so stay tuned for those babies to be posted up sometime in the next week or two after we get them back from the photographer.

The room was constantly busy, never a huge lull. A group was always in there moving between tables. There were raffles, a kids area with face painting and crafts, and even a book reading by one of the authors.

Our afternoon and evening out in town delivered as much fun. We stopped by the St. Julian Winery for some tastings, hopped over to Prost for an early dinner with our fellow authors, then ended the night hanging out in the hotel lounge and joining in on some karaoke.

All in all, it was an amazing event. An amazing time. We met so many wonderful people, sold books, made friends, and wished that we had thought to stay longer.

Next year.



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