I was lucky enough to attend the SAIR book festival last year held in Johannesburg. It was a cosy event that was attended by a several well-known South African authors. I remember having a great chat with Rachel Morgan an author who has numerous best-selling titles published on the Amazon shelves. I shared a tasty cup of coffee with Erika Bester one of the masterminds behind FireQuill Publishing who herself has a growing collection of books rising in prominence on Amazon.
Mixing with other talent in the book industry has a lasting effect on those looking to explore their potential with the paper and pen. Rubbing shoulders with existing and unassuming artistic talent that find themselves exactly where you have seen yourself in those reoccurring daydreams. These book events are also a great chance to wear your networking hat, bumping into other industry experts who might know the right person you need to connect with to progress to the next step of your journey. Oh, have I mentioned the value you get from the speakers at these events?
With the fond memories from last year still fluttering in my mind I urge all Johannesburg-based writers and publishing people to keep the 30 April open on your calendar. This year’s iteration of the bookfair will again see many talented people from the various niches of a growing industry rubbing shoulders at Skoobs in Monte Casino. The book fair has a growing list of guests and industry experts attending. Aside from all the great people I know will be there, Carlyle, one of the event’s organisers has been hard at work rounding up an exciting bunch of speakers who promise to ooze their expertise all over a hungry audience.
I will have a short slot on the current state of the publishing scene on Amazon and would really love to meet you there. Book your ticket soonest before they run out!
SAIR Book Festival 2016 – Quick facts
Date: 30 April 2016
Location: Skoobs, Montecasino
Event Website: sairbookfestival.weebly.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/groups/293962780814211
Ticket Price: R200, contact the SAIR team directly.
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