One SFINE time
Last winter, I had a crazy idea. Okay, yes, this is nothing unique. Such occasions in the milling of my day are commonplace, as you well know. But for some reason, this one niggled its way from half-baked notion to actionable agenda item.
For months, I had been seeing a slew of independent author events popping up around the country: Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Austin, etc… And me? I live right next door to one of the most beautiful (though if you read my last post, financially frustrating) places in the world. And I got to thinking, why don’t we have one here?
BANG! The San Francisco Independent Authors Event, aka SFINE, sprang from my noggin like the mythic Athena. And like that dynamic deity, the women (and one man) authors who heard my herald and hurried to huddle in represented some of the best. I was honored to play host to more than thirty-five authors, both international best sellers like Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover, and Rebecca Donovan, and local diamonds-in-the-rough, such as Mary Whitney and one of my personal favorites, Sarah M. Glover. (Seriously, you must read Grave Refrain, like, now!)
And if you book them, they will come. By the end of the four-hour event, we had welcomed more than three hundred readers.
The question has already been asked if I will sponsor this event again next year. Honestly, I don’t know. While a blast, it was a lot of work. I’m not saying no, I’m just not yet saying yes.
I must take a moment here to give a special thank you to a few parties who stepped forward to make the event the wonderful success it was:
-Trish Brinkley, who from the start guided me on coordination and logistics
-Thessa Mari-Laj, who agreed to serve as the volunteer coordinator on the day of the event, and then did so in primo fashion
-Steve DeWinter, who showed up as a here-to-do-what-you-need-me-to volunteer and basically became our go-to guy for all the little bumps we encountered
-Kepler’s Books, who helped up by supplying the titles of those authors whose books have been picked up by traditional publishers, and
-the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, for the use of their tremendous facility and staff.