Update on Events — How Do YOU Prepare for an Author Event?

Saturday, July 8 at noon

  • For one hour only, this special book signing event is taking place at Audreys Books, a fine bookstore in Edmonton, Alberta.

Flyer credit: Mandy Eve-Barnett

Author Mandy Eve-Barnett has written the following books

  • The Rython Kingdom (for adults)
  • Clickety-Click (YA)
  • Ockleberries to the Rescue (for older children)
  • Rumble’s First Scare (for young children)

Newly released: The Twesome Loop (Sept. 2017) — on the top 10 list for Edmonton Fiction Bestsellers.

and has collaborated on

  • Writing Prompt Journey–The Road to Your Creativity (writing prompts to inspire)
  • Your Lifetime of Stories (a guide book to start your memoirs)

Newly released: Postcards from Canada (Sept. 2017)

Her books can be found on Amazon and other online bookstores, on the Dream Write Publishing website, and in selected physical bookstores.

Upcoming books include

  • Life in Slake Patch (speculative fiction novel; launched in spring 2017)
  • The Twesome Loop (romance with a reincarnation twist; launch is fall 2017) — launched Sept. 30, 2017 and a top 10 Edmonton Fiction Bestseller by mid-Oct. 2017.
  • Willow Tree Tears (western romance; revisions pending)
  • The Giving Thief (suspense adventure; revisions pending)
  • Creature Hunt on Planet Toaria (YA; in creation)

You can connect with Mandy through her blog, www.mandyevebarnett.com, or by attending the Words in the Park event each fall, her writing group’s annual spring conference, or the many events or readings held in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.

Photo: courtesy Mandy Eve-Barnett

Check out these upcoming events in central Alberta and B.C.


  • Shakespeare in the Park (Freewill Shakespeare Festival) at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, Alberta, running from June 20 to July 16, 2017.
  • Just Write camp for adult writers at the Bennett Centre in Edmonton, running June 30 to July 2.
  • Elephant Mountain Literary Festival (EMLF) in Nelson, British Columbia, running July 6-9.

Details on the above and additional events are found here and here.

Events I missed

  • Heritage Day of Strathcona County on June 11
    Reason? My Australian friend, whose name (Bret) was stolen for my protagonist (as stated in the Acknowledgements at the back of Beyond the Preipice), arrived from Australia after 25 years the following day–and he was staying with me, so I had a few things to prepare.
  • Peakbagger’s Guidebook signing at Audreys Books on July 20.
    Typically, anything on a weeknight I will miss due to work.

This is a GREAT book with a wealth of information. Read the description on the back of the cover in the picture below.

Events I attended

  • Rick Lauber’s book signing at Coles Southgate Centre in Edmonton on June 10.

If you are a caregiver or know someone who is, you may be interested in this book. Rick spent years as a caregiver, so he knows first hand what advice and contact information caregivers need but may not always be able to find. He has written a Canadian and US version. Both are available on Amazon.

Author Rick Lauber

Got mine!

Events I was a part of

  • Author readings in January, April (Easter), and June
  • WFSC 8th Writers’ Conference in April
  • Canada-wide Authors for Indies (AFI) event in April
  • Writers’ Retreat in May
  • Guitar Recital in May
  • 50-Hour Read-a-Thon for Morinville Community Library’s 50th Anniversary in June

Upcoming important events

  • Canada 150 Book Project–entries due July 1 (watch for my family travel article, “Two Provinces, Three Weeks, 101 Experiences”)
    Launched Sept. 30, 2017 at Words in the Park: Postcards from Canada, 150th Anniversary edition. Also available on Amazon.
  • Audreys Books author signing on Sat. July 8 (poster with details at the top)
  • Words in the Park in Sherwood Park, Alberta, on Sept. 30–our biggest book event of the year. Celebrating 10 years!

See Events page for details and blog post links.

Tips on preparing for an author reading

  1. Select a piece that’s most relevant to the event and audience.
  2. Mark the spot with a sticky (Post-It), or print the excerpt or article. (This is especially useful if you want to leave notes for yourself.) I have my own Beyond the Precipice book copy in which I pencil notes for readings.
  3. Review it to see what kind of introduction you need to give to orient the listeners.
  4. Rehearse.

How do you prepare for an author reading?

What part of a reading do you enjoy most?

  • Let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you!

Dream Write Publishing has produced over 80 books in seven years. The company travels to venues throughout Alberta. Owner Linda J. Pedley (right) is also one of the founders of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County (WFSC), soon to celebrate its 10th anniversary. In 2017, she has been chosen as a Canada 150 Community Leader. Left: author Mandy Eve-Barnett.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction, fantasy, and paranormal, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disorders and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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