A fan’s memories of rock ‘n’ roll bands from the ’80s was among the local books being promoted at the W. Dale Clark Library Sunday afternoon.
More than 50 authors from the Omaha area were there to tout their books. Some were self-published, others went the traditional route and used a publisher; some books were fiction, others were not.
The Author Fair was a chance for authors to network, learn more about the publishing process and swap advice, said coordinator Amy Mather.
Each author had a unique story to share.
Rita Rae Roxx was born and raised in Omaha and met many famous ’80s bands. She has every ticket stub, guitar pick and drum stick from the concerts she attended. In her book, “Once Upon a Rock Star,” she has 59 photos with legends like Steven Tyler and Def Leppard.
“I bought myself a Mac laptop one day and just began writing out my stories I have experienced,” Roxx said. “I used all the items I still have to recreate my memories.”
This was the fifth annual Author Fair, but it was the first time Makayla Townsell, author of “Momma, Do You Hear My Cry?” participated.
Her book is a memoir about drugs and abuse.
“It’s not just my story,” Townsell said. “So many people face the fear of family secrets, and I just wanted to inspire others.”
Lisa Pelto, president of Concierge Marketing, said the most interesting thing about the fair was the diversity of publishing options.
She was there to offer advice and showcase the variety of ways one could publish a book.
“We cherry-pick the services for each individual’s needs,” Pelto said. “Some want to do it just for themselves, others want international publicity.”
Concierge Marketing has published 170 books from Omaha since 2004. The company also has clients across the country, from New York to Los Angeles.
D.A. Joy was promoting three of his books, one being a novel about the Civil War.
“It’s kind of hard getting the word out about the books, so this event is great for the public to see what you’re really doing,” Joy said.
Jeanette Popken of Omaha came to get tips about the process, as she is in the midst of writing a young adult fantasy book.
“It’s great to have exposure to the people who have already been through this process,” Popken said. “I want to learn from their experiences.”
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