While I was in Phoenix, I was lucky enough to hear about the Tucson Festival of Books, a huge event that caters to over 100,000 people and is held at the University of Arizona campus. It was free, so I hopped in my camper and headed about an hour and a half down to Tucson. I pulled in to the first RV park I saw and snatched up their last spot, and prepared for the weekend to come.
I put together 100 bookmarks and business cards, along with an info sheet about the tour, and vowed to give every single one of them away at the event. The morning of, I stuffed all 100 into my purse and called my Uber.
It was s amazing. I can’t even tell you how happy It made me to see so many people, so many readers, flocking to this event. People were buying books left and right. I went and talked to people at every single booth, and handed out all 100 packets over the course of two days.
Almost every person I spoke to, authors and readers alike, were incredibly impressed with what I was doing with the tour and promised to get in contact when they could. It was such a fun and exciting experience, and while it was hot, it was definitely worth it.
I met some really amazing authors during the event, and discovered some amazing new books. They say that every story has already been told, but my favorite part of these kinds of events are finding the ones that haven’t. Although I didn’t take home any paperbacks, I did purchase quite a few Kindle books while I was there. There were some incredible covers, amazing concepts, and even some fascinating marketing techniques I had never heard of before.
I think one of the best moments was when I was perusing the romance booth, and I was suddenly being handed dozens of condoms, custom labeled with the book’s logo on them. It was hilarious and slightly embarrassing, but man, did it work. It was the most memorable moments of the entire weekend. I will never forget it.
I will definitely be attending this event next year and every year to come. Not only is it free to attend, but it was by far the biggest book event I had attended so far. I met some amazing people and had a lot of fun.