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.
The number of events we were able to attend in the spring was DRASTICALLY impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as most of the homeschool conventions from March onward had to cancel. Some of the conventions pushed back their dates, so we hope to see some of our friends this summer.
Remember, if your event was cancelled, you can always get great fiction from store.realmmakers.net!
As the dates and formats settle on the following events, we’ll update about whether we’ll be in attendance. We have the following on the calendar at present.
– FLORIDA HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION (FPEA)
– TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION, Columbus (Pending)
– CHAP HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION
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.