It was fun being part of such a talented group of Boston-area writers. This was my first time participating in a festival like this. I mean, usually I’m an organizer, not a featured reader. Of course, any chance I get to read with the lovely and talented Erin Dionne (I don’t think I can write her name without “lovely and talented” before it) is reward enough.
The foot traffic was lighter than expected, but I found the event to be well organized from start to finish. I’m sure the AWP Conference must have started with just a handful of people and big dreams for the future.
While I enjoyed reading my poems, the best part of the festival preparing for it. Since my book would not be out until November, I had to prepare marketing materials. So I leaned on a few friends last minute (shout out to MJ and CT!) to create postcards and posters using the book cover.
Here’s a list of marketing materials I’m using for press kits/promotional.
- Oversized postcard
- Poster with book blurb (for table displays)
- Sample poems
- Business cards
- Sheet with photo and bio
- Newspaper article about me from 2008.
- Publisher’s catalog
- My page in the catalog
- About the publisher sheet
(I’d show you what my table looked like but the book cover is still under wraps until summer.)