My Experience at the Guadalajara International Book Fair

In November of this year I published my second novel, Vandella: Resilience, and I had the privilege of revealing it to the world during the largest literary celebration in the Spanish-speaking world, the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL). For any American writer, having the opportunity to participate is a privilege considering that it is the second largest book fair in the world after Frankfurt, and a showcase for the entire world. For me, this was the first time I attended as an author and it was a very satisfying experience.

I joined a group of incredible independent writers hosted at “El Tintero Taller Editorial” which was created by writer Nadia Arce to provide opportunities to aspiring writers and, in this case, provide a space for independent writers to exhibit their books in the book Fair. I had the privilege of meeting wonderful writers, learning about their books and their publishing career and sharing the stage with some of them. This experience of networking with other authors was invigorating and motivating, as we writers tend to be introverted and finding people who go through the same experiences and challenges and share the same passion for books and writing is uplifting and provides a sense of community.

I also had the opportunity to participate in some interviews, and I must confess that being in the spotlight can be overwhelming at first, but I had to work hard to learn how to handle the media in the hopes of reaching new audiences and for my books to find potential readers.

During the book fair I had two book signing sessions, on the first and last day of the fair, and it was very emotional for me to receive the support of family, friends and readers, and to have the opportunity for new readers to discover my books.

Here I share some of the photos taken during the book signing sessions and other activities at the fair.

Attending the Guadalajara International Book Fair for the first time as a writer was a rewarding experience for me. After so many years attending as a reader, I cannot deny that there is an indescribable mystique in the presentation of your book there. Even considering that your book is one among hundreds of thousands, simply presenting your literary work to the eyes of the world is definitely valuable. Hopefully this experience will be the first of many, and if so, I will let you know in the future.

I want to take some time to thank all my wonderful readers who attended the book signing and Diana Arce and the entire wonderful team at El Tintero Taller Editorial for enabling these spaces for independent writers.

See you next year!

M. Ch. Landa

 

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