The grind continues. The vacation that never was is over. My last event was the Ujamaa Festival, in Decatur, Georgia which took place December 31, 2016. Though I have not attended a literary event since December, my mind stayed in fifth gear reflecting on 2016 and planning for 2017.
All in all, 2016 was a good year. I met many readers at various literary events. Some were gracious enough to provide feedback on my novels, which I greatly appreciated. Also, 2016 was a learning curve. I was so anxious to find readers that I spent valuable money paying for vending space that did not yield the desired results, readers and sales. This year, I will stick to literary events. I will thoroughly research events before participating to make good use of hard earned coins. I learned a valuable lesson by not thoroughly vetting solicited events; I found myself victim of fraud where I paid money for an event that was a scam. The venue at this so called “pop up” had no idea the event was to occur. The customer service personnel at the venue had no no knowledge of the event. In fact, this thief was still soliciting for the event days before the date knowing full well there was not event. Next month I will write more about this fraud and how I plan to prevent this from happening again.
Also, in 2017, I will attempt to find a literary agent. I will film my progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Also, check out this months Literati Spotlight, Carlos Torres.