As part of the original vision for The Faith & Fantasy Alliance, founder Becky Minor hoped to help authors collaborate to promote their books. One of the chief challenges new authors face in today’s market is discoverability. Bowker (the folks who sell ISBNs) reported about 625,000 independently published books going to market in 2015, and that doesn’t even account for books released through traditional publishing. It’s no wonder it’s so hard for authors to find readers “in the wild”–readers who aren’t a part of their immediate friends-and-family network.
It’s taken about 7 years for those of us at Realm Makers to finally realize this original vision of taking books to where readers congregate, but that time has finally arrived. Currently, we have vendor booths booked at the following fantasy/science fiction events:
Salt Lake Comic Con-September 21-23, Salt Lake City, Utah
World Fantasy 2017-November 2-5, San Antonio, Texas
PhilCon-November 10-12, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teach them Diligently Conference– March 8-9, Nashville, Tennessee
It’s our goal to add more venues to the coming year of travel, but going to events takes funding, so the future venues will depend heavily on how our books perform at the events already on the schedule.