Saturday, May 3, 2008

Celebrating with Authors' Coalition at the LA Times Festival of Books!

April 27 is a red-letter day!
It's the first anniversary of "Speak with Passion, Speak with Power!" and this year I spent it in the shade of the Authors' Coalition booth at the LA Times Festival of Books, on a very hot day. Last year, I received my book on April 27 and the very next day was getting my first taste as an author at this book festival - the nation's largest fair for book lovers - 135,000 people and hundreds of booths, speakers, panels and events! It was overwhelming and this past year has challenged me to stretch beyond my comfort zone of coaching, teaching and training. I did and went to this year's festival fully loaded and ready for action. Look at all these mugshots of me! I had drawings and gave away CDs, books, my accent reduction workbook and CDs; I greeted students, signed books and gave interviews. It was a fantastic day and I'm glad I got to spend it in the Authors' Coalition booth with founder, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, also a UCLA Extension instructor. See the photo of the lady in the yellow shirt just to the right of my head? That's Carolyn, who has published many award-winning books, including the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers. Carolyn is a terrific mentor for authors and her support helped carry me over the hurdle. She's also going to be sharing her tips for "Saying it better" with my students in "Public Speaking for Professionals" later this month.
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1 comment:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Oh, so funny. I love being the lady in the yellow blouse in the picture right there by your head! What better place to be!

I have to agree. We authors had a glorious time at the Authors' Coalition booth at the LA Times Festival of Books. I am so glad you could be a Festival featured author, Pam. I keep telling my students that speaking is one of the VERY best ways to promote and book and certainly THE best way to share your knowledge with other authors. You are my model.

Very best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson