Endorsements for the 2017 Dayton Book Expo

“The Eighth Annual Dayton Book Expo was a notable experience as the first book expo I attended. Being one of over a hundred authors can be an intimidating ordeal. I observed other authors and took note of their creative tables, giveaways and props used to lure one of the hundreds in attendance to the table. The authors were engaging and an electric energy was in the air with the activity between the tables. Although the weather in Dayton was ugly, the enthusiasm never changed. I did not have any specific goals coming into the Dayton Book Expo; however, I accomplished several things in the process: networking, learning how to market my book, improving my sales pitch and improving my active listening skills. I found the experience rewarding and well-worth the trip from St. Louis to Dayton, Ohio.” –Dr. Terrance Duncan, author of The Four Fits of Holistic Growth

“Thank you for including me in the Eighth Annual Dayton Book Expo (DBE). The thunder and rain couldn’t stop the success of this event. I wasn’t sure what to expect as a first-time author at the expo, but the coordinators were well-organized and kept to a tight schedule. The interviews were well-done and everything flowed seamlessly. The turnout was high—despite the bad weather—largely due to the great marketing and promoting efforts. DBE helped me reach readers that I would not have had access to otherwise and for that I am grateful. I was more than pleasantly surprised when my book, The Bennu Project, won bestseller in the fiction category. Thank you to the three wonderful women who put their all into this event all year long. Dayton is lucky to have Valerie, Charlotte, LaTonya and the Dayton Book Expo.” –Tyrone Givens, author of The Bennu Project

“Dear Valerie, Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to be part of this amazing book expo. We enjoyed it immensely. Unlike any expo I’ve ever attended. The feedback for my book was overwhelming. I had lots of success and made great friends. As a result, I am planning a private event with five authors I met at the Dayton Book Expo for August. I would LOVE to invite you to be part of it. You are fire! Truly a gift to the literary circle.” –Brandy Hambrick, author of The Key

“My Dayton Book Expo experience was challenging, helpful and informational as a newly published writer! The two pre-expo events were a good way to network and learn from the other authors. Observing the various table presentations gave me ideas for next year. Thank you for coaching authors to get involved beyond their comfort zones. I had my first in-person interview with Psalmist Doris Stokes Knight for Another Way to Praise Facebook Live, and that was AWESOME! The stormy weather may have stopped some people from coming, but I’m glad to have been part of this event!” –Tonja Condray Klein, author of Breaking the Shackles

“Dayton has a vibrant literary culture with dozens of authors right here in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Book Expo gives authors the perfect venue to interact with readers—and one another! I had a blast talking with other writers about their experiences. Between the networking, the new readers, the prizes and other activities, this event was so much fun from start to finish. Valerie, thank you again for organizing an excellent event. I look forward to participating next year!” –Leslie Nagel, author of The Book Club Murders

“The Dayton Book Expo was a great day of meeting new readers and authors, spreading the word about my new release and interviewing with local media. Thank you to Valerie J. Lewis Coleman and the team who put together this well-run and enjoyable event.” –David L. Winters, author of Driver Confessional

“The facility was perfect, the spacing was well-measured and everyone was friendly. It was a good experience even though I only sold one book.” –Barry Andrews, author of The Female Recruit


Endorsements for the 2016 Dayton Book Expo

“The Dayton area is fortunate to have the Dayton Book Expo which was started by three wonderful, hard-working women who seek to help authors.  Their knowledge and experience in book publishing, marketing and networking are helpful, especially for new authors who don’t know what to do and how to do it.  The founding ladies give their all for their community during an untold number of months. Centrally located at Sinclair College in Downtown Dayton, the quality venue is where authors and readers gather to share interests, experiences and valuable expertise.  Although the all-day rain seemed to limit readers’ attendance, I am pleased that my books received a good amount of exposure. I networked extensively and I am still enjoying my personalized new-release cake.  I truly appreciate all that the [Dayton Book] Expo provides.” Vickie L. Weaver, author of My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

“The expo was well-organized. Energy flowed throughout the day and the positive competitive incentives made it fun. First impressions are lasting and being at the DBE for the first time (after attending many book events in bigger cities with TV or film celebrities), I certainly feel proud to say, ‘This was an execution of excellence.’ I am a stickler about presentation and customer service and DBE gets an A+ in my book!” –Daria Dillard-Stone, co-author of Success: Powered by Relationships

“Thank you for having my novel on display at the Seventh Annual Dayton Book Expo (DBE) on April 30, 2016. It was a wonderful way to connect with my reading audience and make friends with fellow authors. I was expecting a wonderful event and DBE delivered. Thanks to this book expo, my book, The Living Miracle: A Love Story, reached readers I wouldn’t have met on my own. If you are an author looking for a book event, I highly recommend DBE as your venue. The ladies who work hard to put this massive event together will help you reach your audience and provide tools to make your publishing experience more user-friendly.” –Donna D. Vaal, author of The Living Miracle

“[Dayton Book Expo is] a fabulous opportunity to network with book buyers, accomplished authors and potential characters for my next book.” Raymond Szymanski, Fifty Shades of Greys: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitation to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base & Beyond and 2016 Dayton Book Expo Award Winner: Non-Fiction Bestseller

“Authoring a book can be a very lonely experience. The Dayton Book Expo provides opportunities for authors to network and share their work with the general public. The staff was helpful with a friendly attitude and the atmosphere from start-to-finish was cheerful and interactive. Thanks, Valerie, for a wonderful first experience.” -Brenda Johnson, author of Get Noticed! Insider Secrets to a Confident & Classy Image

“I loved the opportunity to come to a new event. The Dayton Book Expo allowed more exposure to people who really like to read. Meeting so many nice people and sharing stories was wonderful. Can’t wait until next year! Great job, ladies!” -Joy Bowser, author of A Wife and a Witness

“The Dayton Book Expo was an amazing opportunity to connect with readers and other authors. I enjoyed my time as a panelist and the author boot camp was so informative and helpful.” Krysten Lindsay Hager, author of The Star Series and The Landry’s True Colors Series

“I appreciate the opportunity to showcase my craft along with other stellar artists. I look forward to future events and I am encouraged to visit other city expos.” Christopher Joseph, author of Road Kill

“I had a great time at the 2016 Dayton Book Expo and love the location. When I received Valerie’s media releases, I forwarded them to other media outlets. I met lots of people, talked to people about journalism careers, had my photo taken for a feature on DaytonLit.com (it didn’t hurt that I was dressed in my newspaper print vest and reporter’s hat). Within minutes of returning home to Columbus, my marketing representative called. I shared my day with him. He became excited and wants to participate in future years.” Sandi Latimer, author of The Poodle Mistress


Endorsements for the 2015 Dayton Book Expo

“Valerie, just wanted to take a moment to thank you for an awesome event this weekend. This was my first time at the Dayton Book Expo and it was a great experience. Thanks for all of the obvious hard work you put into it. The author communication was exceptional and warrants a specific call out. Thanks again. Hope to participate again next year.”  -Trace Conger, author of The Shadow Broker

 “I truly enjoyed being a panelist and found that speaking to the readers gave me a platform which generated book sells. It also enabled me to introduce myself which is extremely important seeing as I am a new author. I need for people to know that I exist and being a panelist enabled that. Events like these are neededAnd you get out what you put into them.” -T.T. McClendon, author of To Remove & Rebirth the Woman

 “Just a note to thank you and express my personal gratitude for the tremendous experience at the DBE [Dayton Book Expo] on Saturday.  I was able to make many new acquaintances who will serve as conduits for my success as a new writer.  Your willingness to assure my improved familiarity with being an author is indeed a blessing. I wish you continued grace, in abundance.” -Fred Alexander, author of Mommy, Jesus is Up in the Sky

“I loved the exposure to a wide audience and networking with other professionals.” Ponce Baldwin, author of Operation Cover-Up

“I enjoyed it a lot. I had a ball networking with other authors and meeting my readers.” -Shaunta Kenerly, author of Escaping the Allure of the Game

“Val, Thank you for the stage that you and your team have created with the annual Dayton Book Expo. It is a joy to see people reach out to help others get recognition for their work. As a recipient of the 2012 and 2015 [Dayton Book Expo] Best Selling Author Award in the children/teen category, I promise to pass on the love and opportunity you have shared with me. So many have a story to tell, but lack the confidence to do so. You have provided helpful resources despite your personal writing goals. May you and your team stay the course of providing this stage in the City of Dayton to allow more authors to feel the freedom of belonging. Steve Brunkhorst stated, ‘Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times.’ May you continue; knowing you and your team are appreciated.” -Marcella Norton Williams-Ashe, author of Granny Says

“The most well-planned, well-organized event I have ever attended.” Brian Forschner, author of Cold Serial

“Val, you should bring this even to Cincinnati.” -Leah McCullough, author of Freedom from Fibromyalgia

“I liked that the people were actually interested in reading.” -Dachele McCray, author of Journey of Life through Poetry

“I loved networking with other authors, book lovers and media.” -K. W. Taylor, author of The Red Eye

“The event was nice. I liked the variety of authors who participated. I loved the complimentary bag of peanuts and journal that was given to guests. I was glad to meet authors whose works I have read. I’m looking forward to next year’s Dayton Book Expo. Hopefully, I’ll be participating as an author.” -K. K. Burks, founder of Ohio Author Network (Facebook Group)

“Great venue and magnificent sales opportunity.”

“We met and talked with so many book lovers who really enjoyed us and we equally enjoyed them.”

“The staff was so helpful.”

“Great crowd!”

“Hi, Val. I enjoyed the Dayton Book Expo. I arrived a bit late, but made it just in time to hear the [Self-Publishing Made Easy] session and purchase a few books.” -Rhonda Mundy

“I bought eight books! Can’t wait to get home and start reading.”

“Thank you for providing this amazing opportunity. I learned so much in the panel discussions. I’ll be back next year, but as an author.”


Endorsements for the 2013 Dayton Book Expo

“I learned more in the Self-Publishing Made Easy panel discussion than I did in a 24-week course!”

“My grandchildren had a wonderful time in the Kidz Zone!”

“This expo gets better and better each year!”

“Beautifully and professionally presented!”

“It was great networking with a group of motivated people!”

“Friendly people; nice location. I enjoyed the panel sessions!”

“The Dayton Book Expo promotes literacy for all!”

“I’m honored to have won an award. I’ll be back next year!”

“The dynamic trio did it again!”



Endorsements for the 2011 Dayton Book Expo

The Dayton Book Expo

A Participating Author’s Evaluation

The Dayton Book Expo was a great vessel for networking and a connecting tool between authors and book lovers. I met people from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky which allowed me to touch lives that would otherwise be out of reach. I was blessed to be amongst other authors; learning, listening and sharing literacy ideas while introducing my walk and story as well. There were books for every reader. Even my boys purchased books which they read to each other on our drive back to Philadelphia, PA. I was also blessed to be a part of the New Release Celebration where I formally introduced myself and my new book, My Side of the Story.

I encourage any author to join the Dayton Book Expo Family and attend as an author or book lover. It was an experience that I will never forget and an opportunity that I am forever grateful of receiving. Valerie J. Lewis Coleman and the rest of the DBE Team, you are God send and your dedication to the literacy world is appreciated. Thank you for inviting me and I look forward to being a part in 2012.

Charron Monaye, author of My Side of the Story


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Wow! The [Dayton Book Expo] event was absolutely great! One of the best book events I have ever attended as a reader and a writer! Thank you and shine on!

M Raye Turner, author of Pretty Monster


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I enjoyed my time at the Dayton Book Expo and we sold quite a few books. The DBE was one of the best book expos I’ve attended. Everything from the gift bag, the name badges and the meals. Great job! I plan to attend next year! One love and keep up the great work!

Gregory B. Williams, author of Inside the Belly of the Whale


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The Dayton Book Expo was great and I’m looking forward to attending again next year!

Sanrda Whittington-Hall, author of Getting & Keeping the Attention of the Academically Challenged with Lots O’ Pegs



Endorsements for the 2010 Dayton Book Expo

The Dayton Book Expo

A Participating Author’s Evaluation

The Dayton Book Expo, which took place on May 1, 2010 at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, was a great success! The well-organized event was sensational from beginning to end.

As participants arrived in the reception area, a team of gentlemen met authors to assist with unloading. I did not have to step out of my car. I was required to do no more than drive up to the curb and pop my trunk. My bags were immediately taken to my designated area indoors. The service helped tremendously in providing smooth transition to and from the loading zone and combated what could have easily become a traffic jam. Additionally, the service provided a very welcoming effect.

Upon entering the David Ponitz Center where the main event was held, guests (authors and attendees) were greeted by a professional and casually uniformed team of support staff. The workers, who I believe were volunteers, greeted everyone with a smile, an official welcome, and a goody bag. Authors were physically escorted to their stations. The hospitality added a nice touch!

Once at our stations, authors were again officially greeted, asked about our comfort, if we were in need of additional assistance, and were made privy to notes regarding the day. We were also informed of staff that would assist in monitoring our stations in the event authors would need to take a break for lunch or to tend to business elsewhere for a moment. There were enough support staff on hand to assist all authors in a comfortable rotation.

A continental breakfast and lunch were provided for authors. The food was delicious and of good portion. During the day, authors were free to visit the Hospitality room for coffee, juices, and light snacks. The catering service was outstanding and the food was never in short supply.

Despite the lack of full cooperation from Mother Nature, there was a steady flow of guests throughout the day. There were gratefully minimal moments when I was able to take a break from visitors.

When I did manage to find a moment, I spent time meeting many of the other authors in attendance. I learned that guest authors came from places nationwide: Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Memphis to name a few. All of the authors were friendly and expressed how glad they were to be in attendance. Many told of publishing success stories, shared tips of the trade, and invited others nearby and myself to attend functions in their cities. The networking was wonderful! I believe I connected with people for which I will definitely remain in contact.

Throughout the day, authors were invited to take to the microphone and to tell those in attendance about their works. Doing so was an excellent way to promote oneself and to “drum up” more business. One lady even sang about her book, which I deemed creative and engaging. The Dayton Book Expo theme song also played at intervals and added to the ambiance. I only wish the theme song had been played a bit more during the course of the day.

The day’s activities also included raffle prizes, giveaways, and a well-constructed and well-monitored Kidz Zone. As I passed the children’s area during intervals, the children seemed highly engaged. I overheard one parent mentioning how she appreciated the Kidz Zone as she felt comfortable leaving her children while she perused books and met authors.

The day ended with an awards ceremony for authors. That was a great way to show appreciation to vendors for attending the event. The awards given were of good quality and came beautifully packaged. I am blessed to have been amongst those honored.

I am glad to have been a part of the Dayton Book Expo and I tip my hat to the coordinators – LaTonya Branham, Charlotte Brown and Valerie J. Lewis Coleman. I will make preparations now to attend next year’s event!

With thanks and appreciation

Dorinda D. E. Nusum, author of Afflicted


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Thank you so much for your hospitality and arrangement of the Dayton Book Expo this past Saturday. It was one of the best run events in which I’ve participated. Please keep me informed of any future opportunities. Take care.

Best regards,

Vernadine Merrick, author of And the Walls Came Tumbling Down


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I wanted to take the time to let you ladies know what a wonderful job you did with the Dayton Book Expo!

From the moment I arrived, I was impressed with the central location to identify my table. The tables had tablecloths, numbered (professionally) and arranged perfectly. Authors were set up according to the designated time and the opportunity given to authors to share about our book was great!

Although I wanted and expected more foot traffic, this does not keep me from participating next year and the networking was wonderful!

I definitely want to keep abreast of any events you do if the Dayton Expo was an indication of the excellence in which you operate.

Hats off, ladies!!!!

Holly Spence, author of Covenant of Lies the Untold Truth, Power of 10 and Servant Leadership the Heart That Serves


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Thank you again for the wonderful job you did getting everything together. I was very pleased with the whole set-up. I did well, met many wonderful authors and this very positive experience encouraged me exceedingly. I look forward to next year!

Clarice Moore, author of Dilly the Violin

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First, I want to commend you guys on the wonderful Dayton Book Expo. I don’t know how you will top next year, but I know you will because you have really started something. Thank you for inviting me to participate on the Book Club 101 panel. I was excited just to be there. You ladies can count on me for next year as a volunteer or a book-club panelist. And Valerie, thank you again for getting me started on the Wayman Book Club (BLOG).

Pamela Fair, founder of Wayman Book Lovers of God Book Club

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The Dayton Book Expo was excellent. It far exceeded my expectations. It was well organized and everyone was so friendly. I meet new authors and was able to network with new contacts. Thanks so much for such a beautiful event.

Gail P. Miller, author of True Love Has a Passion for You!


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“The Lord is good! [Dayton Book Expo Bestselling Nonfiction] is my first author award! Val, it seems that you are connected to my beginnings. You were the first to select and publish my piece, The Check for $3.96 [Blended Families An Anthology]! Girl, this event was a great learning experience for me to share the story: if you are not alright, don’t say that you are! Luv yah!”

Sonya Visor, author of Who I’ve Become is Not Who I Am