Yesterday I was one the authors invited to be a part of this year's Indie Author Day at Slover Library in beautiful Downtown Norfolk. The authors invited were as diverse as the genres they write about which was refreshing and so good to see and be a part of. I was the only illustrator featured at the event, which made me feel a bit nervous; but honored as well. I did realize that I have to be more sociable at events and actually make an effort to approach the other authors, granted I don't stay at my table because I'm arrogant; it's just that honestly I don't know exactly how to approach other creators without coming off as a weirdo. LOL!
A few of the creators approached me and we had some good interactions. A few of them actually reached out because they need a cover artist for their upcoming books, so being the only illustrator there gave me a good opportunity to (hopefully) land a few cover art jobs in the near future; as well as make. Another author is writing an all ages book and needs, not only cover art; but the interior art as well! What's even more exciting for me is that the topic is one I've never done before. The attendance wasn't crazy like a comic book convention, it was rather calm and relaxing (it was inside a library after all), which allowed me to catch up on my Inktober sketches; but people still came in and I managed to sell a few books in the process. All in all it was a cool experience and I wouldn't mind being a part of it again. -MC