Your book has been honored with an award. You make the decision to go and be part of that conference or book award banquet. Take a deep breath and be prepared for a wonderful experience. First, make hotel and airline reservations as soon as possible. If you can stay at the hotel where festivities are taking place do so, if not be as close as possible. Going to a big city or unfamiliar place can be concerning these days so be safe. Take a friend or family member with you so they can support you and take pictures.
Second, all book awards banquets and conferences have a guide as to their programs. It is usually full of good information as to dress and activities for the time you will be there. Third, take your book, business cards and if there is a book fair or table set with a display of award-winning books have something to place there if allowed. I usually take pens, book markers, and small sachets.
Finally, If you can wear a costume and feel comfortable do so, you will have people ask you about your dress and book. You will meet and make new friends and connections where ever you go. Remember to smile and be excited about your accomplishment no matter where you placed in the contest.
Be sure to post on all social media the event and your award. Include where your book can be purchased and on which sites. Once again relax, smile and just have a great time. Book award banquets are wonderful places to make great memories.