I’ve attended Word On The Street’s annual book and magazine festival for several years now (I even volunteered one year. Still have the tee-shirt) and it’s been wonderful every year.
This is a small section of the festival. There really are so many beautiful books! Not to mention fantastic authors who read their work and give advice to emerging writers.
And did I mention that this festival is free? FREE!
I totally want to drive this…
In addition to exploring the book vendors tents, I also ventured into The Humber School for Writers Workshop Marquee.
They had an excellent line up of panels and talks. I attended Close Your Eyes and Think of Book Sales facilitated by Humber School for Writers faculty members Kim Moritsugu and Antanas Sileika with participants literary agent Monica Packeco and author Elizabeth Ruth
Monica had some good tips but the two biggest take-aways for me were from Elizabeth:
1) Bring people with you. What does that mean? Well, why have an event just starring you? Why not partner with another author who can bring their audience and contacts with them. Sending out e-blasts? Why not mention other authors who can do the same for you? Scratch some backs. They might scratch yours.
2) Saying yes to something small can lead to something big. You never know who knows who, what they do for a living or how they can help you. Say yes – to everything. Readings, book club appearances, whenever opportunity comes knocking – answer. You never know what it might lead to.
If you are a reader, a writer, an all-around lover of books, I highly recommend you attend next year. If you don’t live in Toronto, Word On The Street also takes place in Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener and Halifax. (…And if you don’t live in any of those places, I say you should lobby for your city!)
I want to thank all of the dedicated staff and volunteers who make this event happen. The festival is amazing. You’re amazing. Thank you.