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IPNE Does the Kittery Block Party

29 Jun 2015 10:57 AM | Charlotte Pierce (Administrator)

Got your summer on yet? The Kittery Block Party is just one of the fun, book-related events for indies to check out this summer.

Author Ariele Sieling, founder of New England Independent Writers and an active member of Independent Publishers of New England attended the Kittery, Maine Block Party June 20 to gauge the crowd and try to sell some books. 

A real, living, breathing author!The Kittery Block Party proved to be great fun and quite productive for me. The festive air lasted all day long as bands played and hundreds of people strolled by my table, carrying balloons, delicious-looking french fries, and items that they had purchased from the wide variety of vendors that lined the streets.

Many people stopped to talk to me, curious about the books that peeked out from among the scarves, garden decorations, and handmade knits sold by local vendors. 

I met other authors, children, parents, grandparents, and even a group of teenagers walking around on six-foot stilts. But what really caught my attention were the two pirates with real parrots who patrolled the festival - one of them had a real, actual, genuine peg leg! Gotta love these Mainers.

Ariele brought her famous "Unicorn Sheep" as inexpensive crowd-attractors.These events are fun once you get your event display system streamlined, and they can yield real results for indie authors. Keep your eyes peeled at other events this summer for IPNE members, NEIW members, and solo authors. 


Ariele Sieling with the 3rd duck her father gave her this summer.

Ariele Sieling, NH author and founder of New England Independent Writers, writes Pratchett-style science fiction, and works to blend the potential for human capacity and future technology with a little bit of humor. She is author of The Wounded World, The Clock Winked, and The Lonely Whelk, as well as the children's book Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep Goes to the Beach. She lives in New Hampshire with her three cats, Goblin, Rowan, and the internationally famous Wilfred.


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