Two Chances to Visit Books and Boos this Weekend

 

BooksBoospixellatedBooks & Boos, which closed its physical location at the end of May, is continuing to do events like it was doing when the bookstore was still open. This weekend will give people two opportunities to visit the traveling bookstore.

The first opportunity to visit the bookstore will be Saturday at the Connecticut Horrorfest. Along with used books, people will be able to meet authors Stacey Longo and G. Elmer Munson and get them to sign one of their books. The horrorfest takes place at the Courtyard Waterbury Marriott located at 63 Grand Street in Waterbury, CT. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second opportunity happens on Sunday when Books & Boos takes part in the Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut. This will be the bookstore’s second appearance at this event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wadsworth Mansion is located at 421 Wadsworth St. in Middletown, CT. Longo will also be signing her books at this event as well. She is joined by authors Dan Foley, Dale T. Phillips, and Joseph Ross.

Middletown Open Air Market and Festival Happens this Sunday

A far shot of the Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, CT. (2011)

A far shot of the Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, CT. (2011)

Books & Boos will be one of the 80 plus vendors at this event. There will be 8 authors at the bookstore’s tent. The authors are Stacey Longo, Rob Watts, G. Elmer Munson, Erin Thorne, Craig D.B. Patton, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vaslyn, and Dan Foley, who will be selling their books there. There will also be Zombie Poe t-shirts, mugs, and keychains, wooden bookmarks, hand-carved wine stoppers and bowls, crocheted Cthulhus and reused flatware creations.

The Open Air Market and Festival takes place at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate. It’s located at 421 Wadsworth Street in Middletown, Connecticut. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can check out the other vendors here.

Crocheted Cthulhus

Pictures from the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival

Pictures from the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival

by Jason Harris and Stacey Longo

The NEHW booth at the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival. Photo by Jason Harris

The NEHW booth at the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival. Photo by Jason Harris

Author Alan Kessler at the NEHW booth. Photo by Jason Harris

Author Alan Kessler at the NEHW booth. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Middletown Symphonic Band performing at the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Middletown Symphonic Band performing at the Middletown Open Air Market and Festival. Photo by Jason Harris.

Authors Rob Watts and Stacey Longo. Photo by Jason Harris.

Authors Rob Watts and Stacey Longo. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Middletown Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Middletown Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author G. Elmer Munson signing an autograph for a fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Author G. Elmer Munson signing an autograph for a fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

authors Alan Kessler and Robert Duperre and Duperre's daughter. Photo by Jason Harris

From left to right: authors Alan Kessler and Robert Duperre and Duperre’s daughter. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Buttonwood Tree booth at the Open Air Market and Festival. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Buttonwood Tree booth at the Open Air Market and Festival. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author David Price autographing his book for a fan. Photo by Jason Harris

Author David Price autographing his book for a fan. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author G. Elmer Munson. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Author G. Elmer Munson. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Author Alan Kessler signing his book for a young fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Author Alan Kessler signing his book for a young fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Connor and Lily Duperre, siblings, posing with their freshly painted faces. Photo by Jason Harris.

The other NEHW table at the Middletown Open Air Market. Photo by Jason Harris.

The other NEHW table at the Middletown Open Air Market. Photo by Jason Harris.

Another shot of the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Another shot of the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Rob Watts signing his book. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Rob Watts signing his book. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Balleks Garden Center booth at the Open Air Market. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Balleks Garden Center booth at the Open Air Market. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Rob Watts. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Rob Watts. Photo by Jason Harris.

The NEHW members' books at the Open Air Market. Photo by Jason Harris.

The NEHW members’ books at the Open Air Market. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Alan Kessler handing his novel to the mother of a young fan. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Alan Kessler handing his novel to the mother of a young fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Author’s First Publicity Event

An Author’s First Publicity Event

by G. Elmer Munson

G. Elmer Munson signing a book for a fan. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my first event with the New England Horror Writers.  It all started out like a dream I’d once had: The lights came on as we all gathered backstage in anticipation.  The crowd chanted “N-E-H-W! N-E-H-W!” as they stomped their feet in the soft grass of the Wadsworth Mansion.  Out of nowhere, someone screamed “Let’s get ready to rumble” and the crowd went wild.  We all ran out to the sound of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and Apollo Creed gave us all high fives.

Okay, I may have embellished a bit there.  What actually happened was no less awesome but much more low-key.  I simply walked up to the booth full of people I’d never actually met and said, “hi,” and it was all cool.  I met Robert J. Dupree, Jason Harris, Alan Kessler, Stacey Longo, David Price, and Rob Watts and immediately felt welcome.  I was glad I’d decided against wearing my werewolf costume, and not just because it would have been life-threateningly hot.

After finding a home for my books, I sat down and we talked about movies and stories and other normal things that people discuss.  It was very relaxed and very cool. The day was perfect (a bit of sun never did any harm … well, not much) and the place was pretty well packed.  We spoke with a lot of different people and everyone sold some books.  Quite a few people stood in the sun for a while just to talk to us about books, their favorite authors, and dark fiction in general. It was a great day to hang out, talk to people, and share our work with the world.

I left feeling great.  I left looking forward to Hebron and events beyond.  I also left inspired.  On the drive home, I thought of the greatest story in the world.  Unfortunately, I had forgotten it by the time I got home.

I couldn’t remember the greatest song in the world, so this blog is just a tribute.

Yes, I stole that from the D.

The NEHW Attends Middletown Open Air Market for the Second Time

The NEHW Attends Middletown Open Air Market for the Second Time

by Jason Harris

The New England Horror Writers will be attending the 10th annual Middletown Open Air Market and Festival this Sunday, August 26.

This will be the second year the NEHW and its’ authors have been at this event. This years authors will be Robert J. Duperre (The Gate), Alan Kessler (A Satan Carol), Stacey Longo (Pookie and the Lost and Found Friend), G. Elmer Munson (Stripped), David Price (Tales from the Grave), Kristi Petersen Schoonover (Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole – Tales from Haunted Disney World), and Rob Watts (Huldufólk).

Click here to see the other vendors participating at the market.

Last year the event happened in October after Tropical Storm Irene hit the state and caused The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate to postpone the event from its usually date in August.

The Open Air Market happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at  the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, located at 421 Wadsworth St. in Middletown, CT.

Breaking Out of the Vacuum

Breaking Out of the Vacuum

by Kasey Shoemaker

Kasey Shoemaker (photo courtesy of her website)

As writers, we primarily function independently, quietly, and quite frankly, in our own worlds while working. Even when typing away on our laptops in a crowded Starbucks, we see no one and hear no one. We like it better that way. Occasionally, we share our pages with trusted friends or significant others, and if we’re really lucky, a writer’s group. However, the bulk of our work is done in our head, which makes for a great product but a poor connection with our audience. Audiences are anything but static. Their tastes, desires, and habits change as quickly as literary trends. The readers we had in mind three years ago for book one of a series may have completely different expectations for our genre by the time we begin plotting out book four. Following trends made by the publishing companies won’t give us the insight we need. Many readers are disgusted by what the publishing companies continue to stubbornly feed the public. We, as writers, need to actually connect with our potential readers to understand them better. After all, without readers, our books are merely attractive decoration for the bookshelf. We write for them.

So, how do we get away from our keyboards and actually meet the people for whom we write our stories? In a world where bookstores are closing and Kindles are gaining in popularity, most sales transactions are done electronically, and writers are even further removed from readers than before. So, when the New England Horror Writers participates in events that put writers in front of potential readers, it makes for a great opportunity to bridge that ever-widening gap.

Photo by Jason Harris

As a new member, I really didn’t know what to expect. And, honestly, after participating in two public events thus far, I still don’t know what future ones would hold. Because my novel is a genre crosser, ranging from urban fantasy to paranormal fiction, I was thrilled to be at the Southcoast Toy and Comic Book show in Massachusetts. As someone who used to frequent these types of events many years ago, I felt I, along with everyone else at the table, was smack in the middle of my target audience. Without dwelling too long on unmet expectations, I will say that we were honestly surprised by the general lack of interest from those present. Sales were made, but people for the most part, seemed nonplussed by our presence. However, getting out there as a writer isn’t always about making books sales. Sometimes, it’s about making contacts. A man whose group does book reviews and features science fiction and fantasy books on his weekly podcasts approached our table. As each of us smiled and optimistically took his business card, I’m sure we silently thought that this one contact was worth the two-hour drive. I know I did, and thus far following up with that one contact has been rather positive.

Two weeks prior to that event, the New England Horror Writers participated in the Wadsworth Open Air Market in Connecticut. Expectations were far surpassed at this event. Many sales were made, and most of us spent the entire afternoon talking to people about books, writing, and the horror genre. Even people who said that horror was not for them seemed pleased to see us and were eager for conversation. We felt enthusiastic and pleasantly surprised by our experience afterwards.

The Middletown Open Air Market (photo by Rob Watts)

Therefore, while both of the events provided drastically different results, the writers who participated gained something from the experience whether it was multiple books sales or a meaningful contact. However, the most important aspect of these events is that it forces us writers to pull ourselves away from the blue-white glow of our computers and talk to our potential audience. We simply don’t get that chance often enough. And, we’re better writers for it. My only expectation from these events is that anything could happen. We could meet someone who says, “I do book reviews and feature writers on my weekly podcasts. Here’s my card.” Or we could have a fifteen minute conversation with someone who asks, “So, why the horror genre?” We may sell all the books we brought. We may give out postcards and business cards to prospective readers, or we may get a hand cramp from autographing copies of our books. However, I do know that we’ll be outside the writer bubble, the vacuum that can sometimes consume us. And, that opportunity in and of itself is worth it.

An Author’s Account of the Middletown Open Air Market

Rob Watts writes about his experience at the NEHW tent at the Middletown Open Air Market. This originally appeared on Watt’s website, http://robwattsonline.livejournal.com/.

The vendor tents on the grounds of the Wadsworth Mansion (photo by Maria Arakil)

As colder days are approaching in New England, I would say we lucked out by being able to take advantage of one of the few remaining weekends where the weather gods were smiling down upon us. Even though there was a slight chill in the air, locals turned out in impressive numbers for the Middletown Open Air Market in Middletown, Connecticut on Sunday afternoon. I, along with fellow members of the NEHW, spent the better part of the day behind our booth fielding questions from curious visitors about us, our books, the organization and anything else that crossed their minds.

NEHW member

Table full of NEHW products (photo by Maria Arakil)

What made this a truly pleasurable event was the very laid-back atmosphere. It was held on the grounds of the beautiful Wadsworth Mansion, and the event itself was well organized which allowed for a positive flow throughout the day, for both the patrons and the vendors. Foot traffic around our booth was plentiful and with the beautiful display of books from the talented writers on hand, passersby were hard-pressed not to stop and browse through the displays. Camaraderie was the word-of-the-day, as each author did a great job of talking up their fellow writer’s books, not just their own (everyone at the table sold and signed books.) The team spirit and support throughout the booth made for great vibes and good fun during the afternoon. That’s something that can easily be lost and forgotten at events such as this.

From left to right: Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Kasey Shoemaker, Jason Harris, Stacey Longo, and Rob Watts (photo by Maria Arakil)

So kudos to all involved…myself, Stacey Longo, Jason Harris, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Kasey Shoemaker and Kurt Newton. It was definitely the perfect event to debut my new book and well worth the 2 1/2 hour drive to and from Boston 🙂

Watts will be making an upcoming appearance at the NEHW table at the Southcoast Toy and Comic show on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Seaport Inn and Marina in Fairhaven, MA. The location is 110 Middle Street. For more information, check out the website, www.southcoasttoyandcomic.com.

The Day at the Middletown Open Air Market

The Day at the Middletown Open Air Market by Jason Harris

The ninth annual Middletown Open Air Market was a big success for sponsor, the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate and for the vendors. It was a little chilly since the Sun decided to stay hidden bechind the clouds for most of the day, but that didn’t stop the crowds from coming out to the event.

The Ninth Annual Middletown Open Air Market

Thank you Stacey Longo, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Kasey Shoemaker, Robert Watts, Kurt Newton and Nathan Wrann for making todays NEHW event a success.

From left to right: Newton, Watts, and Schoonover in Middletown

Longo did a great job as usual setting up the NEHW tent.

The NEHW tent at the Middletown Open Air Market

A different view of the NEHW tent

Here are a picture of Longo, Shoemaker, and Schoonover under the NEHW tent.

From left to right: Longo, Schoonover, and Shoemaker

Here is a picture from a visitor to the NEHW tent that came back to show us a picture from her sister who works at a mortuary. The picture was so cool I had to ask her to email it to me. She did and I want to share it with you.

The fan's picture

Here are a few more pictures from the market.

People lined up in front of Author Rob Watts

Authors Appearing at Middletown Open Air Market

A far shot of the Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, CT. Photo Credit: Mel Tavares, Rocky Hill (CT) Patch ~ http://rockyhill.patch.com/users/mel-tavares

This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven authors will be available to meet people and sign their work at the ninth annual Middletown Open Air Market at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate.

The seven authors at the market will be Kasey Shoemaker (Silver Vengeance), Stacey Longo (Malicious Deviance, Hell Hath No Fury), Dan Foley (No Longer Dreams, Damned Nation), Kristi Petersen Schoonover (Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disneyworld), Kurt Newton (Breaking Eggs,The Wishnik), Rob Watts (Huldufólk), and Greg X. Graves (Codex Nekromantia).

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate is located at 421 Wadsworth Street in Middletown. For a list of vendors, check out the website, http://wadsworthmansion.com/html/openAirMarket2011.html.

The NEHW Panels at Rock and Shock

Here are the NEHW members and the panels they will be on throughout the Rock and Shock convention

Friday 6 p.m.
Small Press and Magazines

Moderator: Danny Evarts
Panelists:
Jack Haringa
T.J. May
Trisha Wooldridge
Scott Goudsward
Stacey Longo
K. Allen Wood
 

Saturday 12 p.m.
The Writers Studio

Moderator: Geoffrey Goodwin
Panelists:
T.J. May
Jen Yarter-Polmatier
Kristi Petersen Schoonover
Tracy Carbone
Bob Booth

Saturday 1 p.m.
Women in Horror

Moderator: Trisha Wooldridge
Panelists:
Tracy Carbone
Morven Westfield
Kristi Petersen Schoonover
Stacey Longo
Kelli Jones

Sunday 1 p.m.
E-Publishing Workshop

Moderator: Bob Booth
Panelists:
Kelli Jones
Matt Bechtel
Jack Haringa
TBA
TBA

The weekend after the convention, Longo and Schoonover will be appearing at the Middletown Open Air Market on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.