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September 22nd, 2010

5 Things I Learned at the Central Coast Book & Author Festival

by Gwen


On Sunday I put on real pants and went to the Central Coast Book & Author Festival in San Luis Obispo, CA. Getting me into pants with zippers and shoes with actual laces is no mean feat, I whine, bitch, and moan. However, I am grateful that I went and here are some of the reasons why……


1. There is something whimsical about sitting in a Carnegie Library. I attended a few sessions and there were times that it was hard to pay attention to what the speaker was saying because I was so busy staring at all of the architectural details.



2. Anthologies seem like a lot of hard work for the editors. Victoria Zackheim talked about her experiences as editor of with The Other Woman, For Keeps, and The Face in the Mirror. On the other hand, she has worked with the likes of Alan Dershowitz and Jane Smiley.

3. The setting for a book is often a character all by itself. Gordon Snider talked about 1906 San Francisco, the setting for his book, The Hypnotist. It was an unforgiving place even before the earth started shaking and the fires started.

4. There are 4 elements to a short story according to Sunny Frazier and Doug Danielson. They are your best sentence, a universal message, authenticating details and you have to tell the reader something they don’t know.

5. Sometimes being somewhat rude can be a great way to meet people. Funny story, I walked up to one table and before even smiling or saying hello, author K.M. Kavanagh yelled out, “I am leaving in 10 minutes so if you want a book, you have to buy it now!” I couldn’t help it, I laughed and mentioned that it was a unique book selling technique. We talked for a while after that and she was nice enough to give me her book.

SLO Mission Plaza

It was a great day down at Mission Plaza and a huge success for me personally. Truth be told, I don’t get out much and I am beginning to get way too comfy in sweat pants and Crocs. Like Meg wrote in her recent post, How Blogging Has Made My Life Pretty Awesome, blogging has given me so much self confidence and opened up so many new vistas.

So tell me, what have you learned lately and what has blogging done for you?