Welcome to another exciting newsletter. Can you believe there will only be four more newsletters before the event? Well, there may be a bonus end-of-October or beginning-of-November one, but we are not making any promises.
Keep reading for all our important announcements this month.
Winner of the Book Pack prize
Remember the prize we've been going on about for the last month or so? Well ... drum roll please .... we have a winner!
Congratulations to Jennifer! On behalf of all of us, we hope you love the prize pack.
Not the right Jennifer? (You will know that you are the right Jennifer because we have contacted you directly). Or a person by another name? Don't worry. There will be other opportunities to win fantastic prizes.
Thanks again to Anthea Hodgson, Helene Young, Sasha Wasley, Beth Prentice, and Michelle Diener for their generous donations.
This is your friendly reminder that we have things for sale!
You can order a specially made West Coast Fiction Festival book box from Book Nerd Fan Girl. Perfect for holding all the bits and pieces you will want to keep as mementos of the amazing time you will have. Plus they can be signed.
Want to dress the part? Check out our website for the range of West Coast Fiction Festival shirts that are available. Just a friendly reminder that it is perfectly acceptable to get one in every style and every colour. Just saying.
So a few paragraphs ago, we promised you more competitions. Here is the next one!
How would you like to win FREE DAY PASSES to the West Coast Fiction Festival for your ENTIRE book club?
It’s so easy to enter! To be in the running to win up to 8 free day passes for your book club to attend WA’s first ever large scale author signing event, all you have to do is tag your book club friends in comments on our Facebook competition post. It is that easy.
Day passes are $40 but enter this competition and your book club could all come for free! So get tagging and may the luckiest book club win! Winners will be selected drawn by random draw on July 1st and announced right here!
Books! Books! Books!
And how you can get them.
The following indie and hybrid authors have their pre-order forms available!
Dymocks will be offering pre-ordering for traditionally published authors as well as having stock available on the day. More information to follow in our July news letter.
Speaking of social media ...
We are now cool enough to be on multiple platforms. You can join our reader group on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and more general information is found at our website. Lots of places to connect and chat to the organising committee, signing authors, and other readers.
Fun fact: Different committee members are responsible for different social media accounts. So the social content is varied. (Facebook, this newsletter, and the website are the main sources of the Facts, but all our social media accounts are sources of Fun and we'd love you to be a part of it.)
We all have a few things in common though. We love books and we are passionate about supporting Share the Dignity which is why we all volunteered to be a part of this amazing event. We are also all lots of fun and totally amazing, but that is just a happy coincidence. Some of us might be more modest than others ... but they are not the ones in charge of the news letter!
... and speaking of awesome people ...
We know there are a few people who are coming to the West Coast Fiction Festival on their own. We also know that our supporters are fabulous bookish people. If you are single and are looking for people to mingle with. Get in touch with us. If people are interested we will look at an easy way to help people connect to others so they can feel like they have a book buddy (we will also look at a better term than "book buddy").
If you are happy to adopt a new member into your book tribe, let us know too!
New signing author!
We don't just have awesome readers, we have fabulous authors and we are thrilled to welcome Alicia Tuckerman to the West Coast Fiction Festival family.
Alicia is a driving force for young LGBT voices within Australia. Raised in rural NSW before she left home at the age of sixteen, she accepted a position to study at the Hunter School of Performing Arts. Described as having an overactive imagination as a child, she recalls writing stories her entire life. Alicia attributes surviving her teenage years to the comfort, release and escape writing offered and she hopes to inspire the next generation of readers and writers to embrace their true passions.
Alicia was inspired to write If I Tell You after finding a lack of YA novels featuring two central lesbian characters. She draws on her life experiences to explore the joys, triumphs and cruelties of modern day adolescence and considers there is no fantasy world she could create that is more terrifyingly beautiful than the one we’re expected to live in.
Alicia is a Law Clerk and now lives in the Swan Valley region of Perth with her family, where she does most of her writing in the small hours before the kids wake up, or on her daily commute to the office!
And in parting ...
Just a few last words and a helpful checklist:
Remind your friends to buy tickets so they can join in the party.
Order your books and merchandise.
Connect with us on social media.
Let us know if you want to be introduced.
Let us know if there are any questions you would like answered in the next newsletter? (There is no such thing as a silly question and if you email us no-one will know it is you.)
Let us know if you have any helpful tips.
Until next month, stay safe and happy reading.
Love from Tamara, Kathryn, Jennie, Anthea, Rachael, Sasha, Catherine and Tess - your West Coast Fiction Festival volunteer committee xx