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.
Here is where you can find the Realm Makers Bookstore in 2019-2020. Check back because this list is always changing.
– REALM MAKERS BOOK FESTIVAL – July 20, 2019, 6pm-9pm, St. Louis, Missouri
– BACK2HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE – July 22, 2020, VIRTUAL EVENT
– NEW YORK HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – Aug 1-3, 2019, Rochester, New York
– FLORIDA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – Aug 8-10, 2019, Jacksonville, Florida
– AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS 2019 – September 26-29, 2019, San Antonio, Texas
– SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS – October 11-13, 2019, Nashville, Tennessee
– BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL – October 19, 2019, Boston Massachusetts
– TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – February 27-29, 2020, Nashville, Tennessee
– TEXAS HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – March 12-14, 2020, Ft. Worth, Texas
– SOUTHEAST HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – March 19-21, 2020, Greenville, South Carolina
– HOMESCHOOL CONNECT EXPO – March 25-29, 2020, VIRTUAL EVENT
– MIDWEST HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – April 16-18, 2020, Cincinnati, Ohio
– FLORIDA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION (FPEA) – May 21-23, 2020, Orlando, Florida
– TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – May 30 – June 1, 2020, Columbus, Ohio
– CHAP HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – June 12-13, 2020, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
– FLORIDA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – June 25-27, 2020, Jacksonville, Florida
– NEW YORK HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION – July 30 – Aug 1, 2020, Rochester, New York
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. We are not currently accepting any unsolicited titles for the bookstore. Here are the factors that we use to curate books for the bookstore.
- 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 and Professional Level Members, so if you’re planning on joining us at the conference, consider whether you want to bring books to sell there.