Monday, September 30, 2013

3rd Annual Florence Festival of Books


I'm happy to report that the 3rd annual Florence Festival of Books was a success! In addition to selling books, I was able to meet and chat with the other authors and visitors to the event.

Unfortunately, our area was hit by a series of severe storms the weekend of the book fair. The bad weather made the commute to Florence and back a little bit scary, but my fellow writers and I all made it there and back in one piece!


I'd like to offer a heart felt thank you to all of you that braved the storm in order to attend the event and show your support for your west coast authors. It meant a lot to me-- and I'm sure the other authors and publishers would agree!-- to see so many friendly faces and recieve so much positive feedback.

Thank you, again. I realize that it's only been a few days, but I'm already looking forward to next year's festival!

~ H. S. Contino

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Checking In


I just wanted to take a few moments to check in and give everyone a quick update.

First, I'm excited about this Saturday's 3rd Annual Florence Festival of Books. The event is free to the public and the doors open at 10 am. Last year there were around 50 different authors and 2 or 3 publishers. It's a great place to meet and visit with some of your favorite local authors or chat with a publisher about getting your writing published.

I'll have signed copies of my two published books, Shipwrecks of Coos County (Arcadia, 2011) and Paw Prints: A Collection of Pet Stories (Create Space, 2013), available for sale.

I'm also planning on bringing a handful of "test copies" of my latest project. The fictional book is a "choose your own adventure" story. I'll be offering the books at a discounted rate in exchange for feedback. The book was a challenge to write because it's full of choices. The story changes depending on which paths the reader chooses. I'm looking for test readers to go through the book with fresh eyes and help me identify any discrepancies or other issues that I may have missed during the editing process.

If you're interested in becoming a test reader, please e-mail me at

Finally, I've been lining up markets and book festivals for the upcoming holiday season. For now, I'll be attending the Coos Bay Farmers Market on Wednesdays (weather permitting!) from 9 am until 3 pm. I'll also be at the Bandon Old Town Marketplace on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm. I'll have both my books and handmade crafts at both of these events. I'll continue to update this blog as I schedule events.

Have a great week!

Thank you for your continued support of my writing career,

H. S. Contino