But occasionally, the opportunities that are the most fun are ones that I couldn't possibly plan or anticipate.
A few months ago, I was one of many authors at a fundraiser for my local Washington-Centerville Public Library. Barnes & Noble Dayton supported the book-sales portion of the event. Ian Charles Kirk, the Community Business Development Manager of the store, handles the sales. Of course, I didn't just sign copies of my own titles... I bought books, too, and briefly met Ian.
Shortly after that, Ian contacted me with an idea: a shelf featuring authors from the Dayton area and Southwest Ohio at the Dayton Barnes & Noble. Since I write a weekly Literary Life column for the Dayton Daily News, as well as a monthly Dayton Reads feature, Ian suggested I'd be a good fit for picking titles by one or two area authors each month. The Dayton Barnes & Noble helping with an idea he'd had for awhile--a shelf featuring authors from the Dayton area and Southwest Ohio.
Ian's management not only approved a shelf... but an entire end cap bookshelf!
We had a soft launch in April, focusing on area poets including Heather Christle and Herbert Woodward Martin.
Learn more about John and his work on his website, Whatever.scalzi.com.
Learn more about Kameron and her work on her website, KameronHurley.com