September 26th, 2010

Festivals, Puddles and Mugs

Thanks again for all those positive thoughts you sent me for yesterday's Ocean County Book Festival.  I had a great time.  The weather was perfect.  Lots of people came. 

I met with some old  friends, made some new ones, and got to meet about a half dozen online friends in person, including the excellent Cyn Balog (aka cyn2write) and from the New Jersey Authors' NetworkAlison Ashley Formento , Wallace Ecklof and Stephen Matthews.

All in all, a grand day out.

Next stop: The Collingswood Book Festival this coming Saturday, where the always-generous Neal Levin (aka dqg_neal) is allowing me to share a space on the Dark Quest Books tables.

Voting's well underway to select the winner of the 2010 Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Book Title (polls close on Monday, October 4th 2010 at 3:00pm (US/Eastern)).  

The winning entry gets a year's bragging rights, as well as a guest post and/or interview here on An Englishman in New Jersey. If you haven't yet voted, or want to see the current front-runners, here's the link

The I are a writer mugs seemed popular yesterday, although several people didn't realize they were for fun and told me that I'd got the wording wrong.

Someone suggested I make the mugs available online.  It's a good idea - I figure the mug would make an excellent gift.  I'll look into the price of postage etc. and see if that's feasible.  If it is, I'll probably offer the CD/mug combination online as well.   

Speaking of mugs, I'm thinking about having some made up, to give away as Puddle prizes - possibly in time for this year's Best Opening Line contest. 

What do you think?  Would a prize of a 'Vene, vidi puddli!' mug for the winner and (say) a random Puddle voter provide some extra incentive for folks to take part?