Last night I hosted my very first Facebook event. The event in question was for the release of my first published book by Imzadi Publishing, The Blackstar Gambit which is the seventh book in my Col Sec series.
The event threw a curve at the normal author events, in last nights party we had author slots taken up by sci fi and fantasy authors which lasted for the hour, as normal but here was where it differed and got really interesting. These authors were invited to bring along a special guest, in the form of one of their characters from their books. As host, all I had to do for the first hour was introduce my book, inform everyone a little about myself then go on to let them know a little more about the series but always keeping the focus on The Blackstar Gambit. I threw in a game or two to keep it fun and friendly and then I passed it over to the next author.
It was a long day for me starting with the arrival of my author copies of the book from Imzadi, and the timing couldn’t have been better for it allowed me to post a photo of them on the event. Then as the day progressed I worked on my script for the evening collaborating with the organiser, Karina Kantas of KKantas Author Assist until I was satisfied that everything would go smoothly. Before I knew it the time had come for the event to start.
As interesting as the night was when we reached the midnight stage I was just about finished. I had commented on other author’s input, played all the games, chatted with guests for over seven hours with three or more to go. In the end I had to regretfully bow out and say goodnight to everyone. I felt like I had let them down by not staying until the end but the time difference between the UK and US meant that I was finishing up as some were just sitting down to their evening meal. I couldn’t stay any longer as I had been at the laptop working on this event from 8 am so I was understandably tired.
The event was a success though, I was able to reach a wider audience for my series and I made a few more friends in the writing community who I intend on remaining in contact with. When they have an event of this nature I will be sure to participate as they did on mine.
The future of the series is unclear, in the writing world there are no guarantees but I am hopeful that through this event there was more than a little interest showed. Success for any book is all about sales, awards mean nothing if the book doesn’t sell, some may disagree but in today’s world success is measured by the Benjamins, a sad fact but nonetheless a true one. Regardless of that, I still consider last night a success. I had fun, met some interesting new people, was able to reconnect with some old friends and talk about the new book. With time, I’m sure the rest will come.