October 14, 2023: Saratoga Book Festival Literary Marketplace

Saratoga Springs, NY

I'll have copies of Sweepings and other literary items to sell. Additional literary events will be happening throughout Saratoga Springs that weekend. Learn more about this event here.

Last year I attended the Saratoga Book Festival as a customer and reader, and I am thrilled to be on the authors' side of it this year!

Past Events:

August 26-27, 2023: Kill Tide Arts & Crafts Festival

Brewster, MA

I sold various "tiny art" and copies of Sweepings of the Street at this Cape Cod craft fair. There was a solid turnout and a lot of interest in Sweepings, the painted stones, and the decorated seashells. This was my first official craft fair, and I really enjoyed it. I sold half of the Sweepings copies I brought, which are the last ones left from my original 50 author copies. This fair also helped me pass 300 books sold!

June-July 2023: Sweepings in Reader Views July Giveaway

Sweepings of the Street and 23 other independently published books were in Reader Views' June/July giveaway! Congratulations to the four winners who received copies of Sweepings.

A white and purple graphic reading "July book giveaway, reader views," with a firework. A piece of notebook paper on the left reads, "We're giving away over 40 copies of books by indie authors!" 24 book covers are shown in a grid. The titles are: Up Bow Down Bow; Your Turn; Sweepings of the Street; Grateful to be Grace; The Ponce Factor; Zip Line; The Halfways; Living Your Art, Loving Your Life; Murder Under A Blue Moon; The Black Magician; Inside Our Days; The Princess, The Knight, and the Lost God; Gift Card Pro; Surfaced; Sandmann; Free Fall; Conversations Behind the Kitchen Door; From the Archives; The Truth I Must Invent; Dawn Star; Stuff & Nonsense; Royal Matchmaking Competition; The Girl Who Was Too Much and Not Enough; and The Lady of the Lighthouse. Text at the bottom reads, "Full terms and conditions at"

June 2023: Book Award Finalist

Sweepings of the Street was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Young Authors (written by under age 25) category! This is its second time being recognized for a book award. 

Here is the full list of winners. Full award information here.

April 22, 2023: Earth Day Bazaar

Saratoga Springs, NY

This sustainability-based craft fair featured a selection of student artists selling handmade items. I sold painted stones, necklaces, stickers, bookmarks, and signed copies of Sweepings of the Street. An outdoor craft fair on a windy day presented a challenge, but the fair went well. 

April 2023: Little Women Essay Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners, Aaron and Allison!

Based in Louisa May Alcott's hometown of Concord, MA, this essay contest is open to middle and high school students. Submissions were due on January 16. 

Amanda judged the contest with several other Massachusetts authors. Learn more on Concord Players' website

March 6, 2023: Sweepings Wins A Book Award!

Sweepings of the Street received a Bronze Award in the Teens (ages 12-16) category of the Reader Views Literary Awards. This was its first book award!

Read Reader Views' 5-star review of Sweepings here. Here is the full list of winners.

Watch Local TV Interview with Amanda (Virtual)

Filmed on January 9, 2023, this segment includes Amanda reading an excerpt from Sweepings of the Street and talking with host Ryan Malyar about her writing process and experience as a young author.

December 17, 2022: Sweepings Launch Party & Book Signing

This event was planned entirely by my friends and family, and it came as a total surprise! Many of my friends and teachers came with copies of Sweepings for me to sign or bought copies there. There were also cupcakes with custom Sweepings toppers and a cake that read, "Yay, you wrote a book!" 

Watch the video below for footage of the setup, my reaction, and some behind-the-scenes goofiness. 

December 9, 2022: Tang Bazaar

This Saratoga Springs event is hosted in December, featuring a selection of student artists selling handmade items. I put together an inventory of pieces made by me, my mom (bead necklaces), and my sister (string bracelets and keychains). The craft fair went smoothly and also helped with publicity for the Sweepings book launch the next day.