R251. Successful Author Events at Libraries, Bookstores, Schools, and Literary Centers

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Learn the secrets of planning and executing successful author events from representatives of a major library system, an indie bookstore, a school media center, and a literary center. We’ll provide advice to both authors and event planners on coordinating author events of every size. From readings to launch parties to multi-author festivals, discover best practices, marketing tips, and the mistakes to avoid.


Sarah Nicolas is the author of Dragons Are People, Too and Keeping Her Secret, and writes romance as Aria Kane. An event planner at a large library system, coordinator of the Orlando Book Festival, and a Book Riot contributor, she has worked as a publicity director and an editorial assistant.

Reba Gordon has worked as a librarian for the past sixteen years in all grades and is a professional storyteller and archivist. She is currently the director of the Rich Library at Trinity Preparatory School. Reba has presented at the state and national level and organized two YA author festivals.

Racquel Henry earned an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her writing has appeared in Moko Caribbean Arts & Letters and Reaching Beyond the Saguaros, among others. She owns the writing studio, Writer’s Atelier, in Winter Park, Florida, and is a founding editor at Black Fox Literary Magazine.

Kimberly Britt is the owner of Bookmark It, Inc. an independent bookstore in Orlando, Florida, which operates under a unique business model, combining multiple satellite retail locations with strong community partnerships to curate author-driven programming with schools, libraries, and more.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside