The Choc Lit Tour Kicks Off!
This month saw the start of the Choc Lit Tour of England. The Choc Lit “bus” will stop at various towns and cities over the next few months. Each event will consist of a panel of Choc Lit authors sharing their experiences of becoming published writers, followed by an informal question and answer session. There will also be an opportunity for aspiring writers to pitch their manuscripts to the Choc Lit editor in attendance. There will also be chocolates, a goody bag to take away and a chance to chat and mingle in an informal atmosphere.
The first event was held on Saturday, 8th April at Exeter Library. It was my first Choc Lit event as a published author and joining me on the panel were Margaret James, Linda Mitchelmore and Laura E. James. Laura and I kicked off the event with a live Facebook video, which was a new experience for the both of us. However, trying something new did seem a very fitting way to start the first Choc Lit Tour.
Margaret, Linda and I shared our journeys to publication, while Laura gave an informative talk on social media. The audience was interactive and interested, which always makes things so much easier.
Was I nervous? A little. Did I make any mistakes? Yes, a few! Did I have fun? Absolutely! We also had a fun quiz (nothing too serious) with prizes for the winner and runner up. Some members of the audience had booked an appointment to pitch their novel to the Choc Lit editor in attendance. Pitching a novel is always a nerve wracking event, however opportunities like this are rare in the South West so it was too good to miss. Well done to all those who had the courage to pitch yesterday. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.
The afternoon ended with a chance to chat and mingle. I met a lot of lovely people at my first Choc Lit event. I hope my contribution helped those that aspire to be published and entertained those who just love books as much as I do. Everyone left with an amazing goody bag, which was worth more than the ticket for the event.
The next stop for the Choc Lit tour bus is on Saturday 20th May – 1.30 – 4 pm at Southampton Central Library. The author panel will include Laura E James, Isabella Connor, Jan Brigden and Evonne Wareham.
The bus will then head off to stop at Stockton Central Library, Stockton-on-Tees on Saturday 17th June – 1.30 – 4 pm. The panel of authors at Stockton Central Library will be made up of Jane Lovering, Kirsty Ferry, Lynda Stacey & AnneMarie Brear.
If you think you might like to attend, check out the Choc Lit website for ticket information and, should you hop on board, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did yesterday.