FOR the second year emerging, independently published, authors will be able to take part in the annual Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival.
Festival Director Helen Allan said 2015 was the first year the festival had encouraged self-published authors to take part, and responding to author feedback the format of their inclusion would alter for the 2016 festival, with its theme of ‘Home’.
“Authors last year held stalls selling their books, but really wanted the opportunity to read their work and talk to an audience about their writing. Obviously we couldn’t fit them all into the full line-up of talent in the formal part of the festival – but next year we want to give them that opportunity to shine,” Ms Allan said.
“In 2016, June 3-6, we will again offer the opportunity for self-published authors to sell their books at the festival, either in stalls or through the Margaret River Bookshop stall, but we will also schedule a range of readings for them in some of our sponsor external locations, and advertise those reading locations in the formal program.
“We have a range of cafes, galleries and other venues keen to take on authors during the festival, so this is a win-win for the writers and the venues. The readings will be free to the public, so a much wider section of the community will also be able to engage with the festival.
“Writing a book is sometimes the easy part, promoting and marketing it is what takes a great deal of time if you have independently published.
This offer will give authors a real boost in promoting their work.”
Self-published authors and venues interested in taking part in the festival can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for terms and conditions.