Most of my blog posts are related in one way or another to the business of being an author – expanding your author platform, improving your book marketing, and so on – and not strictly self-promotional. However, every once in a while, I’ve got a radio interview or book fair that needs mentioning, and the event coming up on September 17th is a big one. It’s the second annual On Point Executive Book Fair, and it’s going to be my first book fair to promote Miles of Files, Brothers’ Hand, and Jana. I’ll have my own table there with copies of all three novels available for sale.

One thing that’s really interesting to me is how many other people will be there who I either already know, or know about from their presence online. The main page of this website has a little video testimonial from Dr. Ed Whittle, who I helped with editing his first real estate-themed book, Thanks, No Banks. Ed is planning to be there, so that should make it a fun day. I’ve known him for about 20 years, and he’s good people. There are going to be quite a few local authors and publishers I’ve met through work or networking.

I’ve also invited quite a few friends and former colleagues, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of them too. I’m not taking a ton of books with me, but I know there are some people who would like a signed copy of one of the novels. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, come say hello. Again, it’s the On Point Executive Book Fair at WestShore Plaza on September 17th. I hope to meet some old friends, and maybe even make a few new ones! For more info, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/onpointbookfair.

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