A year ago, we accomplished an amazing thing. This year, we did it again! Here’s some behind-the-scenes of how. 🙂There’s this thing I’ve been mentioning on here… a certain “Generation Rising: Homeschooled Authors” …That I was writing a newsletter, that we were getting ready for the convention, etc etc. Well I’m finally going to tell you what it is! 😀
What is “Generation Rising”?
Generation Rising is a group/club/whatever of church friends who decided to be cool people who write books and enjoy literature… but now do it together! 🙂
We had already been talking writing and story stuff for some time, but the idea of banding together to sell our independently published books was originally for our state homeschool convention fast approaching in July 2017. It was a crazy scramble– brand new debuts being published, figuring out exhibitor logistics/tax license for the first time, and deciding on business cards/website/banner/design things (democracy, y’all, nothing gets done. jk) — but we pulled it off!!!
If you’re interested, some of those really cool authors posted about the experience:
Paul, on set up night–> Setting Up A Convention Table!!
Kate, with a fun recap –> My Weekend At the Generation Rising Authors Booth
Maggie, sharing the most darling stories –> AFHE Convention!
Paul, an update a week later –> Convention Aftermath (Literally)
It was SO much fun, in fact, that we just had to do it again this year! 🙂
Behind-the-Scenes of Our 2018 Convention Prep
A quick overview of what it took to get 7 goofy people with 8 amazing books to a huge state convention. (not in chronological order)
Lots of writing/editing/scrambling to publish. 😀 NaNoWriMo and the 50k word challenge, group writing sprints, and lots of encouraging (aka pushing) each other to finish –became two brand new novels and quite a few more in-the-works! I (sadly) ended up dropping the goal to finish Eagledare by the convention and instead focused on getting the group to AFHE. 🙂
Tanner calls a meeting, everyone suddenly realizes how soon convention is. This, y’all, is about as serious as our meetings can get… random outbursts of Les Mis included. XD Also, it’s impossible to get a normal picture with these people! lol (Thanks to Braden for the photobomb.)
End up ditching some ideas because… time. Things like matching shirts with our logo and giving away free short stories quickly got pushed lower and lower on the priority list. 😉 We worked to design a good business card (last year’s was last-minute and ugh), Paul came up with the perfect logo (!!!), and I gave the website a complete make-over. (btw don’t ask to see some of the designs we kicked around for our business card/logo… don’t even ask. LOL *hides* We all love this one!!!)
Excitement and waiting and pictures as more and more authors wait for/receive their stock shipments!! Kate published her first novel Kiera and ordered 30 beauuutiful copies! Maggie completely revamped her WWII book The Star Under the City with a new font and a few tiny changes and got fantastic pictures of them. ❤ Malachi’s brand new release (and brilliantly epic and touching debut y’all!!!) Through All Things book shipment came twice… oops… but praise the Lord everything worked out and arrived in time! Paul’s 25 copies of his dystopian, Crossroads, recently edited and published as a new edition, came in a deliciously heavy box. And Tanner’s stock of The Blue Blur: A Mission Given sat on his shelf, glistening and… surrounded by Tanner’s dinos, just waiting to be sold! See all their books here. 🙂
Take fun breaks some too. Incredibles2 came out in theaters, and Kate, Paul, and I made some time in our busyness to go see it with our two older sisters and brother-in-law. It was so fun! (and my bro and bro-in-law roped me into playing Risk for the first time… which was epic. 😀 ) And of course… Cow Appreciation Day! An hour before the Chick-fil-A special ended we decided to do it, and whipped together costumes for everyone in record time. 😉 Kate is a pro at cutting cow-shaped-ears from construction paper. 😛
Shop for things way too close to the deadline. This step is a must. lol ;P Mom was an amazing patient chauffeur as I shopped for everything from bookstands, price tag stickers, funny mugs, lunch bags, and all the random last-minute things! Paul did an amazing job at designing and ordering our new business cards and banners and making sure we got them in time! Yay Paul!! 😉
Funny story… Mom swung Paul and I by the store right after going to Chick-Fil-A (still in the costumes above ^^) and I unpinned my white cow patches really quickly but forgot about the black paint on my nose… which made no sense without the rest of the outfit. Of course, Paul didn’t think to tell me, so we’re running around the store looking for lunch bags and people were looking at me all amused and I was just like “oookay, glad I make people happy”. LOL *hides* Also, Paul almost convinced the poor young cashier that we were looking forward to 150 sack lunches ahead of us… until I explained that we were really going to use all the lunch bags for selling our books at a convention. XD
And last, but definitely not least, have many conversations about food. Also, chocolate (huge shout out to the chocolate-elf, Lydia!!! ❤ that chocolate bar kept me going!) and Mocha Fraps (from our fave Christian coffee shop!) are the BEST. So talk about food and eat food too. That’s always a good tip.
Have wonderful behind-the-scenes encouragers, chauffeurs, and helpers! Big shout-out to all our parents, siblings, and friends who had to endure all this and even helped the preparations in huge ways!
Okay, that was just silly and for fun. XD And it was fun! This group is jampacked with pretty amazing people who all worked together to pull off a pretty amazing thing, and it’s super cool to look back over all the preparations leading up to the convention!
Yes I know, I did promise to share all about how the convention went. But I figured since my posting schedule is already so wacko, why not do another post too??!! Just share all the fun-ness. 🙂 So be looking for that soon! ~A
Did you celebrate Cow Appreciation Day? Which of these books have you read or are looking forward to reading the most? What do you think of our new logo?