Virtual Book Festival
A Leisurely Race to Discover
Your Next Summer Read
For All You Land-Lubbers...
An Index of Literary Nautical Terms:
A Chest of Treasures
Bounty On The Literary Sea!
Take No Prisoners, Give All Quarter!
In each Zoom Event, we'll give away books to readers who attend! Everyone will have a chance to win books EVERY DAY! The more involved you are with the Festival, the more opportunity you will have to meet authors, discover books, and win nifty prizes!
The Harbor Store
Your Guiding Light In A Sea Of Safe Pages
We'll have a catalogue on our website of all the books featured in our Summer Reading Regatta (and perhaps others written by featured Captains). Just click a Burgee to jump to the author's website to buy that book, and they will sign it! We don't take a cut... All royalties go directly to the authors, so you know that you're directly supporting their writing careers!
The Literary Maritime Guidelines
Our goal is to create a strong community for Indie Authors and the people who read them. We want to bring like-minded souls together to celebrate the written word as sacred, no matter the content. We want to support writers in their passion for the craft, and to demonstrate to others that books can be far more entertaining than the screen… most of the time.
Continuing Our Commitment to Keep the Written Word Sacred and Accessible...
We're doing it again!
In Support of Indie & Small Press Authors All Over The World, We're Hosting a Virtual Book Festival!
June 1 thru June 30, 2021!
The Reading Regatta
This Summer's Virtual Book Festival theme is based on the warm weather passion of sail racing. Sail Racing is unlike any other kind of race. Although there is terrific tension and excitement, and the Race Legs can be filled with high energy, the relaxation one enjoys while out on the waves is unparalleled. It's a lot like reading a really great book!
We're offering Readers the chance to leisurely discover Author's Books, floating in on a summer breeze, as you watch and listen from the shoreline.
Perhaps, after you've experienced their navigation through white-capped literary waters, you will choose to Book passage on a future voyage with their Vessels.
Have you ever been hiked out on the high side, your boat at a 30 degree heel, wind filling your spinnaker, spray hitting your face as you scream across the water at 20 knots? Well, if you have, you'll understand the excitement this Virtual Book Festival will bring. If you haven't, throw caution to the wind, and join us for the Summer Reading Regatta!
Each night, we'll host live Zoom events where Captains will take the Helm and share with us the wonderment of a reading on the waves. Before each Race Leg, we'll post the Burgee of each Vessel, and other Literary Nautical details, on Social Media, to help you become closer acquainted with each Vessel and it's crew.
We'll have several Reading Regatta Race Legs, at least one for each Port of Call. Captains will have five (5) minutes at the Helm to read a piece from their book. After all the Captains have read, we will offer time for Q&A from the shoreline spectators. Then, we'll spin the Wheel of Happiness, and give away books to the attendees. The Reading Regatta is hosted Live on Zoom, and recorded. Race Legs will be archived on our YouTube channel, and may also be rebroadcast on television, at a future date.
Up to four Captains and their Vessels will be invited to participate in each Race Leg, and depending on author participation, multiple Race Legs may be scheduled for each Port of Call, to be sure all Captains are included. Each night's Race Leg of the Reading Regatta will last 30-60 minutes, depending on the level of spectator interaction from the shoreline. All Zoom events will be archived on our YouTube channel so those who could not attend the live events can catch up on what they may have missed. Captains at the Helm will have the opportunity to share their screen during their Race Leg... but spectators cheering from the shoreline will only have access to CHAT.
Sailor Shore School
Muster To For Some Buoyed Inspiration!
On several days throughout the month, we'll also host workshops intended to mentor novice authors and others interested in beginning or expanding their writing pursuits.
These events will be packed with tips, tricks, industry insider information, and a variety of shared experiences from writers who have "been there, done that". You'll be learning directly from authors who are swabbing the literary decks, daily. Each workshop will last a full hour, packed with great information and will offer sailors an opportunity to ask questions through the Live CHAT feature.
The fee for these workshops is just $5, which includes the live event, a free video download afterward, as well as a free PDF transcript.
Advanced registration is required.
Can't attend the Live workshop? Not to worry, we will also offer Replay Download videos with a free PDF transcript for just $10