Stevan Allred’s debut at Powell’s was as amazing as it possibly could have been. We had an overflow crowd estimated between 160 and 180. We had a special guest performance artist, the “painted man” who inspired one of Stevan’s characters. Joanna Rose, Stevan’s longtime teaching partner, gave him a surprise introduction. Stevan recognized the writers and readers in the audience and had them stand. We sold out of books. We printed extras on the Espresso Book Machine.
The trick now will be to leverage this launch into continued forward momentum! We have upcoming readings in Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, Estacada, Gresham, and Vancouver, Washington, with more on the way, and next month Stevan will be at Wordstock, Portland’s literary festival, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association tradeshow.
Paperbacks and ebooks are now available through Amazon. Or at a local independent bookstore near you; if they don’t have any in stock yet, please ask! As with Brave on the Page, we also released A Simplified Map of the Real World through the Espresso Book Machine, which means if your local bookstore or college has a machine, you can get one hot off the press–literally–in about five minutes. The EBM list of locations is here.
And stay tuned for the next installment of the Finding Readers series where I talk about how to attract a big crowd to a book event.