The Authorpalooza held at the Eureka’s Town Square Buffet on June 22 included 38 self-published authors along with hundreds of books which held within their pages a variety of genres for readers.
Author David Michael, from Salt Lake City, coordinated the efforts to gather authors and their support staff from as close as Mesquite and as far as Alberta, Canada to benefit the Mesquite Reads program.
Roo Arldege, Director at the Eureka Resort Casino is a self-published childrens’ book author who contacted Michael about coordinating this event.
Michael aggressively attacked the social media pages and after eight months of planning he gathered 38 authors who completely filled the room.
One of the authors who attended the event was Stephen Murray. According to his biography, “Murray was born in England and raised in different countries throughout Southern Africa. Upon completion of his high school education, he returned to England before moving to California in 1976. He has traveled extensively throughout the world. Stephen owns a computer software company. Apart from traveling and writing, he enjoys theatre, concerts, music, reading and current affairs.
According to his press release, “Known for its lavish hotels and casinos, beautiful showgirls and sumptuous buffets, Las Vegas is home to an abundance of wedding chapels. Follow Rosemary, the wedding organizer, and Buster, her dachshund with a nose for matrimony, as they guide you through the fictional stories of ’The Chapel of Eternal Love.’ ‘The Chapel of Eternal Love’ and the sequel, ‘Return to the Chapel of Eternal Love’, are his first published works of fiction. Murray has recently completed another work of fiction – a murder mystery. He makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he has lived since May 2003.
After he finished The Chapel of Eternal Love many of his readers wanted to know what happened to his characters many years later so he wrote a sequel revisiting the couples and where their lives had taken them.
Many of the authors in attendance said their preferred marketing tool was social media. Through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, authors let interested parties know about their works because they feel that social media is their best and least expensive choice when it comes to advertising and it works.
There was something for everyone from children’s books to spiritual journey led by Mesquite author and Pastor, Dennis Lee. Books, book markers and goodies of all sorts to give away brought people to the tables where the self-published authors were able to give brief synopsis of their books and the inspiration they got to create them.
For more information on the Mesquite Reads program or the Eureka’s Community Initiative program, contact the Eureka Resort at www.eurekamesquite.com.