A MARDI GRAS FOR READERS!
We love catching up with author Melissa Marr because she always has something exciting going on! This time she shared some news about an incredible fan/author festival, NOLA STORYCON, that she’s spearheading with authors Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Armentrout, Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost!
The festival will be September 30-October 2 in New Orleans and is the brainchild of Melissa and Jeaniene, who’ve been critique partners since 2006. After brainstorming ways for authors and fans to just hang out together, they reached out to their friends and favorite authors (an overlapping list according to Marr) and the idea just kind of jelled.
The five authors who made up the core planning team decided that they all loved New Orleans; theve set books there, written there and found so much inspiration in the Crescent City…it was obviously the perfect spot for a book festival! It’s really an excuse to hang out in “a city you love with the people you love,” according to Melissa Marr.
Next, the sponsoring authors voted on lists of novelists to invite. Every single author attending was approved unanimously by all five hosts. Because the convention was envisioned as a way “to promote authors they love and the people who love their writing,” it was really all about creating the perfect place for authors to hang out with their readers.
ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND…
That was obviously an inspired idea because NOLA STORYCON sold out in 23 hours and fans are flying from all over the world to attend! Because tickets sold out so fast, the hosts decided to add another event to the weekend! It’s a Sunday brunch for authors and readers at the Marriott on Canal Street. The brunch will be a very personal way for the writers and fans to hang out, eat fabulous food and enjoy a private signing. Since these authors write both adult and young adult books, we think this sounds like the perfect mother/daughter event! Tickets are still available for NOLA StoryCon Brunch for $55 each. Tickets are selling quickly, so here’s a link to order yours and to see which authors are attending.
I WANT SIGNED BOOKS!
Now for those of you who want to order early or have a conflict and can’t attend smart packs of books are available to pre-order through convention partner MURDER BY THE BOOK. If you’re attending, the books will be delivered there for signing. If you can’t be there, the books will signed at the convention and then mailed directly to you! Click here to see how to order.
IF YOU DIDN’T GET A TICKET?
It’s still fun to attend! There will be panels, signings and tons of authors and fans there to see! So come to NOLA and celebrate books, your favorite authors and the awesomeness that is New Orleans.
And good news, everyone! NOLA STORYCON has been such a hit, the authors are already talking about 2017…