Social Behavior

by Meredith Maslich

Back in August, I wrote a blog post about participating in an indoor street fair and the challenges it posed for me as an introvert.

And then I went and did three more events!

First up was Fall for the Book, which is a great book festival organized by George Mason University each year. This was our third year participating, and even though it was a cold and rainy day, it still brought out hardcore book lovers and writers.

We had a lively panel discussion — by me, Terri J. Huck, JB Lawrence, and Jessica Leigh Lyons — on the process of transitioning from writers to authors. Our audience members were writers at every stage of the process who asked great questions and prompted interesting conversations. We would have probably sat and chatted all day if they hadn’t kicked us out so the next workshop could start!

My introverted side freaked out a little when Jessica insisted on going around the room and having people introduce themselves, but as always, Jessica was right, and it let us all connect so much better — reminding me, yet again, that she was the exact right person to partner with for our Writer2Author program 🙂

We also participated in Fall for the Book’s first-ever publisher book fair. Our table was next to another small publisher, and we spent the afternoon talking about our business models and sharing tips and tricks and information about other festivals. It was time well spent!food at jonika party

Then two weeks later we had the release party for “Becoming Jonika,” by PJ Devlin. We chose a summer camp theme in keeping with the book’s setting and served lemonade, popcorn, cupcakes, and other yummy treats, and we had a photo booth that provided an opportunity to be a little silly. Needless to say it was a great launch for a fun book! Check out the photo album here.

Nevin tablingOur whirlwind social season came to an end with the 2nd annual DC Author Festival, sponsored by the DC Public Library. PPCo was represented by two of our authors: Nevin Martell, who promoted “Freak Show Without a Tent” and gave a great talk titled “So You Wanna Be A Writer,” and Vijai Nathan, who represented the anthology “Sucker for Love” (and promoted her next project, “Good Girls Don’t, but Indian Girls Do,” which is scheduled to be released in fall 2016). Vijai was also a speaker at the conference and talked aboutvijai the challenges and rewards of taking a story from the stage to the page.

We met a lot of terrific people and had some interesting conversations throughout the day. It was a nice end to our social season, and we’re looking forward to doing it again.

Despite my introverted tendencies, I always enjoy getting out into the community and showing off my books and my authors and meeting new people. Which is why we’re focusing on finding (or creating!) more events for 2016. So keep an eye on our event calendar and come out and see us! We almost always have candy to give away! 😉

Meredith Maslich is president and CEO of Possibilities Publishing Company. She is also on the faculty at Story District (formerly SpeakeasyDC), where she has been teaching the art of storytelling for more than eight years.

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