Founder Becky Minor’s original vision, before the idea for Realm Makers was conceived, was of a co-op of Christian authors taking books to conventions and festivals where readers congregate, called the Faith and Fantasy Alliance. Becky 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.
From August 2018 through July 2019 the Realm Makers Bookstore has doubled the number of events we are attending! Here is where you can find us this year:
– PENNSYLVANIA RENNAISSANCE FAIRE – Aug 4-5, 25-26, Sept 1-3, 8-9, Oct 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, Manheim, Pennsylvania
– ACFW 2018 – September 20-23, 2018, Nashville, Tennessee
– BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL – September 28-30, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland
– WORLD FANTASY 2018 – November 1-4, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland
– SCHOOL BOOK FAIR at Coventry Christian Schools – November 26-30, 2018, Pottstown, Pennsylvania
– GREAT HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – March 7-9, 2019, Ft. Worth, Texas
– GREAT HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – March 21-23, 2019, Greenville, South Carolina
– TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – March 28-30, 2019, Nashville, Tennessee
– CHRISTIAN FICTION READERS RETREAT – April 6, 2019, Rockville, Maryland
– GREAT HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – April 25-27, 2019, Cincinnatti, Ohio
– FLORIDA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – May 23-25, 2019, Orlando, Florida
– TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – May 30 – June 1, 2019, Columbus, Ohio
– CHAP HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION- June 14-15, 2019, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
– REALM MAKERS BOOK FESTIVAL – July 20, 2019, 6pm-9pm, St. Louis, Missouri
If we are in your area, please come and visit us!
Quite often, we get requests from authors for us to carry your books in the bookstore. While we’d love to have every awesome book, it’s just not logistically possible. (We operate from a 12 foot trailer we drive to events, and then have either 1 or 2 tables for our inventory when we’re selling.)
- For the time being, we have to limit what we carry (and I mean literally carry, in plastic totes) to events. We are currently selling:
-Books written by past Realm Makers Conference Faculty
-Realm and Alliance Award winners
-Select titles from Realm Award winners’ backlists or new releases
-Books that we’ve determined are an excellent fit for the audience at the events we attend (for example, fiction for homeschoolers)
Of course, the consignment portion of the bookstore at each Realm Makers conference continues to be open to Published Level Members, so if you’re planning on joining us at the conference, consider whether you want to bring books to sell there.