A Virtual Book Festival

COVID-19 changed the way we interact with the world around us. And, one of the biggest ways it has affected me, as an author, is the cancellation of ALL physical book festivals. I absolutely love spending a day visiting with potential readers, talking about my stories and learning about them and their interests.

So, as a way to try and continue having this experience and opportunity, we are experimenting with virtual book festivals.

How is it going to look? To be honest, I’m not quite sure. But I’m willing to take a chance and participate just in case anyone wants to pop in and chat.

I have a Zoom session scheduled to begin at 9:30 am Central time, on Saturday, October 3rd. It will run until Zoom kicks me off. 🙂 From what I understand, that will be 40 minutes.

So, if you are free on Saturday morning and want to stop by, I would absolutely LOVE to chat with you about any and everything!

Here is the invitation:

Jan Sikes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 3rd Virtual Book Festival AMG
Time: Oct 3, 2020 09:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 770 5792 6887
Passcode: 4a2wct

I’d love to see you there! Here is a lineup of all the participating authors.

3rd VBF Zoom Room (10 min)

B Alan Bourgeois VBF Zoom9:00 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Barb Geiger VBF Zoom9:10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Denise Montgomery VBFZoom9:25 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Sandra Rhea VBF Zoom9:40 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Julie Connor VBF Zoom9:55 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 Julia Hayden VBF Zoom10:05 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 Roxanne Hodge VBF Zoom10:20 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 Diann Floyd Boehm VBF Zoom10:40 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Steve Freidman VBF Zoom10:55 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  VBF Zoom11:10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 

Their Own Zoom Rooms:

Greg KelsoZoom9:30 – 1010 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9461221585?pwd=KzBGV2tjQURweFdVbUp0REc1NGNEZz09

Jan SikesZoom9:30 – 10 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77057926887?pwd=N3h0OVBTNEFnWVROSk5IR3AzUGU2UT09

Marsha WestZoom9:30 – 10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88392322507?pwd=V3o1SW1zV0ZqV2hWVG0xbm5lKzlVQT09

Rachel BoehmZoom9:30 – 10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89147548284?pwd=bXJmbmY3Tm9TTzdyOVN2OG9iOEk0UT09

Ann NobleZoom9:20 – 10 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7638188238?pwd=M1lPU2hHa0o0V29EVHZlbUxKYU0xZz09 

Shelly Lee (Lady Lee)Zoom10:30 – 11 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74382538668?pwd=QTJxbEhqTDFNMzhKYWU0OUdIRXV5QT09

Michael NewmanZoom10 – 10:30 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84576011322?pwd=TDJPaWJGT0JmN2IvN2Ird0VaNlVzZz09

Diane Windsor (Motina Books)Zoom12:30 PM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77153608841?pwd=VUdmbTJnbmJZc2xIYXBRd3ZZbncwUT09

27 thoughts on “A Virtual Book Festival

  1. This does look like the future–for lots of things. Can’t be at this one–have another Zoom event, a memorial service from the East Coast for a friend from the past who passed away a week ago.

    Zoom works for lots of things, but it’s not the same as in person. Not going there now, though!

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    1. You are so absolutely right, John. Zoom will never replace person-to-person contact. I don’t like it either. So sorry about the loss of your friend. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. That’s such a good idea! You are a wonderful supporter of the community. I would have loved to take the chance to chat with you. But from Saturday till Monday, we are in a SPA in the Austrian mountains. I hope that there will be another occasion!

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  3. This sounds like a lot of fun, Jan! I won’t be able to drop by but I hope you will tell us all about it after. Wishing you much success xo

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  4. Hi,
    I can only say that at least it is happening at a decent hour for me. October 3rd is a holiday over here in Germany and I plan to relax so I’ll just drop into your Zoom session and chat with everyone.
    All the best on your book tour.
    See ya Saturday.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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  5. Hurrah that you are remaining flexible and innovative during these challenging times. My life is devoted to music these days; so I probably won’t join your Zoom experiment/experience on Saturday. But I look forward to reading how it goes…

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