Major update to the venue and site!

Tampa Indie Author Book Convention

Virginia and I did a tour of the place we originally considered for the event and found that it may not be able to hold all of the people we are planning to attend. Now, while CL Space was a great location, we found an even better one that will meet our needs for the event. We will now be going with Chic-Venue in Tampa. We sign the contract tonight with them, and the venue is a major upgrade. (You can see the details on the main page)

A lot of people have signed up for this event and are coming from around the world. To make it easier on everyone, especially locals, we have decided to make the event a one day event, with the option of a meet and greet on Saturday. This will cut down the cost of hotels for people traveling from around the…

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How to make a fair indie book awards event.

Author Kyle Perkins

by Kyle Perkins.

I have been an author for nearly a year now and have seen and been in several “indie book award” events. The problem is, most of them are made with a clear agenda to either get some friends a few shiny new titles, or for the coordinators to gain some exposure. Which is fine, we all need exposure. We need to make them fair, though. Even if it’s just one indie event a year that’s fair. I have an idea on how to do this, maybe a few of us can get together and make it happen?

My idea is this: Do the events exactly as they are being done now, except separate people by their total social media following. So, for instance, they would have a “Best Dystopian Author 1-5k likes” then “Best Dystopian Author 5-10k likes” etc. Right now, it’s just a popularity contest. If I go…

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Why it’s practically impossible to host a first year indie event anymore.

Author Kyle Perkins

by Kyle Perkins.

Time for another rant.

So, this year Virginia Johnson and I are hosting the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention, and we have had our ups and downs. From trying to find a place that could house all the people we expect to attend, to finding the right authors for the event. Throw in catering, swag, music and I’m basically planning my first wedding.

However, it’s practically impossible to do since so many people have scammed authors out of their money in the past. When I first started the event, I didn’t even consider that aspect of it. I had forgotten that in the last year, several hosts have just up and bailed on everyone that paid in advance, and took the money with little consequence. So, naturally, I don’t blame authors for being hesitant.

Now this creates an automatic distrust in event coordinators, which is a…

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