I can’t tell you about Coastal Magic without first telling you a little about Olde City, New Blood…
One night I was talking to an author buddy online (whining, really) about how upset I was that some of my favorite authors toured for their new releases, but didn’t come into Florida. Many authors get as far south as Atlanta, then hang a quick westward turn, and I miss them. There are a few who make it across the border, but the majority don’t. (Yes, I know, it’s almost never up to the author… tours are strategically planned with publicity and marketing in mind. I wasn’t blaming, just whining.) After our chat, he told me that I should give authors a “reason” to come to Florida. That I should just plan an event myself. After chuckling… then pondering… then chuckling some more… then pondering some more… I figured, why not??
I had no reason to think I could make it work when I started, other than simply having the desire to do it. I fumbled my way through with help from some awesome people, a bit of common sense, and a whole lotta luck! So, if you’re an author or reader who participated at Olde City, New Blood… I’m sorry, and also THANK YOU! We had an *interesting* time, but we had a blast, and because of you, my little shindig became a reality. (To go to the Olde City, New Blood website, please click the image. All the posts and info about that event is still there, along with some links to wrap-up posts by attendees.)
One of the changes that had to happen after the first year was the location. I LOVE St. Augustine, and the atmosphere there was perfect for the event, but there just wasn’t anywhere big enough to keep us there. So… with the new city (Daytona), came the new name. Olde City, New Blood became Coastal Magic.
Nine beach side weekends later – we’re still dedicated to casual fun and shenanigans at an affordable price. I still beg, bribe and otherwise coerce amazing authors into coming to hang out and chat with
me us. We have fun discussion panels, fun meet & greets, fun evening activities… are you sensing a theme here? 🙂 I’d be thrilled if you could join us!
See you by the beach!