Welcome to the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair! This year’s fair runs from Friday, August 25th through Sunday, August 27th. This introduction will help you navigate the site for this year’s events.
Please note that all times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The festival clock, located in the top right of the site, is set to EDT time. You can use it to track the correct time of events compared to your local time. You can also follow us on Twitter @efestivalofword or on Facebook to check for reminders 15 minutes before each event.
Special note regarding Facebook:
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*Go into the Edit Preferences of your Newsfeed
*Select the option to Prioritize Who You See First
*Select eFestival of Words (and anyone else whose posts you have been missing!)
Where can I talk to other attendees?
The Digital Inn chatroom is in the right panel of the site. You must be logged in to the site to read or chat in the Digital Chatroom.
Where are the panels?
Panels will be posted on the site as Posts in the main feed. You will be able to see the panel titles in the main feed. You can also find the complete schedule below. Just click the title to go to the discussion. You do not need to be logged in to READ the panel discussions. However, you will need to log in to post questions to the panelists.
Friday, August 25th
2 PM – 3PM
I Only Kill People On Paper: Panelists share tales of fan requests to write them into books, family and friends who influenced characters, or people they really…wanted to deal with but could only do so in a story.
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous: Female Protagonists in Modern Literature: Authors discuss how women are portrayed in various media.
Saturday, August 26th
11:00 am to Noon
How “Historical” Should Historical Fiction Be?: Authors discuss how they conduct research, the importance of getting facts right, and when to take liberties with the facts in the name of the story
2 PM-3 PM
Writing Diverse Characters for the Right Reasons: Authors discuss the value of writing diverse characters in their works
Dealing With Social Issues In Fiction: How to effectively address social issues. Authors discuss the fine line between addressing social issues honestly and inadvertently offending their readers
Sunday, August 27th
Terror, Horror, and the Gross Out: Based on the famous Stephen King quote, horror authors discuss the different levels of horror
1 PM-2 PM
Villains: Beyond the Lair: What makes a good antagonist
2 PM-3 PM
Why We Love to See the Future Crumble to Ash: A discussion of post-apocalyptic fiction
Where are the Q & As?
At the bottom of the site, you will see the Digital Ballroom. This chatroom is where all Q & A sessions will be held. Please note, you must be logged in to both read and participate in the chats.
This is a festival. Where is my swag bag?
We are giving away over $20 in free ebooks. You can download your books by going here.
Where is the Dealer Room? I want to check out more books!
You can find the drop down menu for the Dealer Room at the top of the site in the menu bar. Or just click here.
Want to make sure that you are all set for the festival? Log in to the site and post a comment below. If you get an error or find that you are unable to post, please alert us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your username and make sure to email us from the email address you used to sign up for the site.