Book Swap Soiree recap: A Get-Together for Sacramento’s Literary Salon

On July 22, 2013 the Editorial Freelancers Association NorCal chapter hosted a book swap soiree in the brick, leather, and steel-clad Chartwell dining room of the Fox & Goose pub in midtown Sacramento. We invited editors and people we thought would be interested in joining EFA, as well as writers and bloggers; also librarians and readers who might one day need enthusiastic book group leaders, or who simply needed to refresh their shelves.

And refresh we did. Fox and Goose served up pints of IPA, lager, amber, cider, and stout and kept the Ploughman’s Repast plates coming.

steel light fixture

The Chartwell room at Fox & Goose Pub in Sacramento

two cozy leather chairs

The chairs looked cozy, but we were too busy schmoozing about books to use them

Here are just a few of the selections guests brought to swap.

book swap photo by Janna Marlies Maron

Photo by Janna Marlies Maron

Believe it or not, this is the table after it had been picked over for two hours. Still a lot of great selections. I took home seven books and we donated the rest to the Sacramento Public Library.

IMG_2638In offering the book swap, our goal was to raise the profile of professional editing. Our other goal was to make ourselves known personally to individuals or groups who could partner with us as instructors or guest speakers, or hire us as editors or consultants. Also we wanted to give others the chance to promote their own literary organizations.

And there are many such outfits in Sacramento, including of course the Sacramento Library, Alt + Library, and I Street Press (which offers publishing services and an Espresso Book Machine). In addition, we have…

916 Ink, a youth literacy nonprofit

Sacramento Bloggers and Sacramento Connect, the blogging network of Sacramento Bee newspaper

Sacramento Poetry Center

Roan Press, 3L Publishing, Authority Publishing, niche book publishers

Under the Gum Tree, a literary magazine

True Story and Stories on Stage, words-aloud series

Writers Who Wine, Shut Up and Write!, Sacramento NaNoWriMos, and the California Writers Club

…plus any number of private writing workshops, to include Amherst Writers and Artists Methodgroups.

So, thanks to all who came. Keep on writing, reading, and when you need an editor, please contact me or search the EFA member directory!