Boy did the authors come through! Even when I had to ask for their covers a second time because my computer crashed they were all gracious and resent the covers. Then I put the covers in folders labeled: Western, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, and Suspense.
My daughter designs my covers and is a wizard at math so I gave her the job of making the bingo cards. She found software on the internet that formulated how to mix up the covers. She numbered them and went to work. I went to work putting the author names and websites on a page for the back of the card.
|Me reading the powerpoint|
At the event, I passed out a card and two rolls of smarties to use as the tokens to place on the called cover. The problem was there wasn't any room on the tables to leave their cards flat and still be able to have their lunch. So, they were allowed to eat the smarties and use a pen to mark off the covers. I'd initially wanted the covers unmarked for when they took the cards home. Oh well, best laid plans.
|Participants juggling lunch and cards|
Barbara Vey of Publishers Weekly was there having a good time, and she facebooked and tweeted about the event. Afterwards every time I saw Michele(one of the coordinators) she said, "Bingo was a huge hit! Everyone is talking about it! That leads me to believe it was totally worth my time and the author's prizes.
Would I do it again next year? Possibly. It just depends on what is happening in my life at that time.