Welcome back to week two with Angela B. Chrysler as my special guest. The Cybercon queen has graciously agreed to answer more questions about next year’s Brains to Books event. This week we are talking about how authors can participate.
Question: How can authors become involved?
Answer: There are two ways an author can become involved. They can be a featured author—This requires registering at www.Braintobooks.com—or a volunteer.
As our members grow, we require more volunteers and will take anyone willing to help. This year we are bringing in volunteers on call to help answer questions, data entry, we have recruits, advertisers, blog tour hosts, event hosts, genre assistants to help organize all the events in a single genre. Authors can volunteer here.
Question: What advice do you have for authors attending for the first time?
Answer: My advice would have to be, don’t panic. Take a deep breath. Just ask.
Walking into Brain to Books feels like you just stepped into the factory of a major corporation through the wrong door. You see twenty different assembly lines and, the sounds of machines drown out all the shouting. It’s organized chaos.
Authors coming into Brain to Books notice right away how big it is. Many authors have reported how scared and intimidating it feels and have expressed how confused they are—something we work every day to eliminate.
As of October 2016, we have several volunteers all on standby waiting to help you out and point you in the right direction. Email me or browse the sites. We have two sites to keep this giant organized: braintobooks.com andb2bcycon.com. Both sites include a “help” and “contact” section in the menu. Today, I will be adding a “Start Here” page visible on the menus, showing you exactly where to start. “Getting Around” will also give you a bird’s eye view of the Convention. My email is email@example.com. Tweet me or Facebook me.
Question: Is there anything technical attendees need to know how to do?
Answer: We have two tech departments: our IT department led by Ani Manjikian who is building her own team. Ani and her team will be handling the servers so we don’t crash during the Convention like we did in 2016 when we had 20,000 hits.
The second “tech” team is really a data entry team for WordPress. Those volunteers will pull authors’ information from an Excel spreadsheet then build and schedule WordPress posts at www.b2bcycon.com. If you know what HTML looks like, if you understand how to copy and paste the code to and from the text section of a WordPress post, you can most definitely help out. If you know how to read and reply to emails, you can help out. That is really all our “tech” team or data entry team needs to know.
Question: Do you have any preparation tips?
Answer: Yes! Expect this to be big going in. Brace for that impact and you’ll get through it. Many of us are eager to hold your hand through this. Training is available.
If you’re wanting to be a featured author, go to braintobooks.com and register. Be sure you fill out as much on the form you are given to download as you can. Ask us if you don’t know. Always ask. Be prepared to post Brain to Books ads on your Twitter header, Facebook header, Google+ header, and on your website. This is a mandatory part of participation this year and moving forward. We can’t afford advertising (yet), so every little bit helps. After that, there really is nothing to do, but sit back and enjoy the convention.
If you’re going to be on webcam, you must have ear buds or headphones, and please provide a quiet environment for recording.
If you’re a volunteer, get a lot of sleep. You’re going to need it. Attending the convention literally is a three day adrenaline rush. Most can’t sleep if they wanted to. Always ask and be proactive. If you foresee a problem and act, we can prevent a lot of complications. If you are a born procrastinator, jump in. We’ll motivate you.
Question: Who can people contact for more information?
Answer: Contact me, Angela B. Chrysler. Use any one of our contact pages on either website. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tweet me or Facebook me. I’m currently organizing a full customer service department for 2017. After registration, every person can expect to have 3 people available for questions: their assigned event host, an assigned genre assistant, an assigned help line.
Thank you, Angela, for your time explaining all this to us. Join me next Sunday when I look at some of the events scheduled for Brains to Books 2017.