It breaks my heart to inform you that GypsyCup permanently closed in Dec. 2022. This was a go-to oasis of peace for me and I will sorely miss it. —Ann Videan
Today’s Cup o’ Tea GypsyCup offering coffee/tea, cocktails, and tapas
Perks (what I really like!)
GypsyCup is one of my new favorite stops for tea and social interaction.
• The barista/servers are well trained, friendly, and especially polite! This is one of the best reasons to visit, for sure.
• The Art Deco-inspired decor! You’ll find the environs pleasing to the eye, welcoming, and comfortable. The website describes it as “a little slice of Europe.”
• The unusual tapas choices are definitely worth tasting! And every tea and coffee drink I’ve tried is delicious. My hubby found his favorite chai latte here.
• A lovely outdoor patio with plenty of seating. Also, mostly shaded with nice trees and foliage, especially important in the Phoenix area!
Share a Cuppa (stories about the owner, building, history, name)
My daughter discovered GypsyCup when it resided inside a day spa in Scottsdale, AZ. She especially liked the cool specials the owner Linsay Smith dreamed up.
Soon after it closed, the GypsyCup Instagram account announced a relocation to downtown Gilbert. The wait for the coffee shops regeneration was absolutely worth it! Linsay created a charming atmosphere and complemented it with excellent food and service.
Those awesome specials have carried forward too. We just recently tried the seasonal Apple Cider Chai. YUM!
Plus, the food cases and shelves in the shop are loaded with interesting, unusual fare. (Keep reading to learn more about those…)
What’s Brewing (coffee, tea, food)
• Coffee and teas • Croissants (ham and cheese is to die for!) • Pastries • Desserts • Craft beers • Wines • Healthy and unique snack items • Even little gift items, some geared for children
Percolation Factor (the activity/environment/energy/service)
Mostly, I see patrons gathering to chat and socialize. Seats are often filled with patrons using their laptops, though the number of plugs is limited.
I honestly can’t add anything else here not already mentioned. Did I mention “charming,” “excellent service,” and “delicious unusual food?” And the shady patio?
The Grind (what I would change)
More seating inside, perhaps? Sometimes it’s hard to find a spot to sit (especially in the summer when the patio is not as popular).
The Grounds (location)
GypsyCup is easy to find, one block west of Gilbert Road, and one block north of the Gilbert Water Tower landmark.
50 W Vaughn, Suite 107 Gilbert, Arizona
Tea Times (hours)
M-Th: 7 a.m.–8 p.m. F & Sa: 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Su: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Yelp rating: 4.5 stars from 56 reviews
I love connecting people and ideas, so I’ve been creating small villages my entire life. Really, what better places can writers and musicians find to create “village” than independent coffee/tea shops? I wrote most of my Rhythms & Muse novel and Delfaerune Rhapsody series-in-progress in coffee/tea venues, so I found it natural to create this blog. Whether you came here to find a new favorite hangout, or suggest a spot not yet posted, may you find Coffee CommuniTea exactly to your taste!
Our established Phoenix-area ALWAYS authors met in Sept. 2022 to discuss how to make the most of book booth exposure. Here are valuable tips gleaned from the discussion, including additional marketing advice.
Proven tips for attracting readers to your booth
• Pre-publicize your booth and why people should come by. When you let readers know before the festival, you increase your chance of traffic and sales, especially if you offer them something they can only receive by coming to the booth.
• Stand beside or in front of the table instead of behind it, when possible.
• Entice passersby to step up to you by commenting on their clothing, asking a question, or offering an interesting activity:
– “What do you like to read?” (Then refer to authors in that genre near you, and ask them to do the same.)
– IDEA: Our group is going to try handing out other author’s postcards (with booth number printed in a stick-on dot ) to readers looking for a specific genre.
• Offer an interesting activity, even for adults: a progressive story to which they can add writing or art, non-messy food tasting, trivia questions, etc.
– For kids: stickers or buttons for them to wear; candy; coloring pages
• Sell other items, colored pencils, trinkets, swag (screen cleaner with your book cover imprinted on it, pop sockets, or other useful items)
• Support a charity by giving away your book for a donation, which will be directed to the charity. Or give part of your proceeds to a charity.
• Supermarket table: Some indie authors are setting up tables in supermarkets
• Connect readers with your book via online communities:
– Sign up on the Book Movement site, where you give books away for reviews from book clubs
– Post your writing at Booksie.com, providing tools for writers to publish their work and connect with readers from across the world.
• Make purchasing your book easy: Have a info readily available for quick online, Paypal, Venmo, or Zellepayments. Have a Square, for credit card swiping. You can obtain one for free or inexpensively and will pay 3% or less in credit card fees to use one.
• After you set a book up and have a few reviews that are good, only read your five-star reviews. You can’t please everyone, and you need not suffer from low reviews.
• Don’t use bookmarks, which often are thrown away. Hand out postcards on demand only, or a Top 10 list, a recipe, food lists, trivia, or other book-content-related handouts.
• Keep accurate sales numbers. They can help you get into bookstores and all major distributors.
• Hire an actor to read your most emotional chapter and post the video online.
• Purchase a $5 ad on Amazon or FB, and look at the search term used by those responding. If they searched for the title of the book, rather than general search terms, they likely saw your ad.
Recommended Arizona book expos, fairs, and other events
I happily discovered, too, my expertise and fee structure as a book shepherd aligns quite nicely with industry standards. Great to know in this world where pricing for book-related services can be all over the map!
Use large, readable type, especially for the title and author name. The words must be visible and stand out in thumbnail size, which is how most readers will first see your book.
Make sure the cover art/photo fits your genre. Just a visit to a section of a bookstore or Amazon page with your genre will give you the idea of what to strive for.
One strong image attracts the eye more than several small ones.
Use colors that mimic the mood of your book contents.
If you use a photo of your characters on the cover, they mustmatch the characters descriptions in the book.
Here is a blog I found from “Creative Indie” Derek Murphy describing eight traditional publishers’ cover design tips.
Use author/creative writing professor Deborah Chester’s “Story Question” as starting point for your back-cover book blurb. These two sentences cover all the main points in your story: WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS*, *YOUR PROTAGONIST* *PURSUES A GOAL*. But will he succeed when *ANTAGONIST PROVIDES OPPOSITION*?
End your blurb with one word having to do with death, enlightenment, or love.
You can update your covers any time you want. You might even try testing a “split” cover, giving readers two options, to see which image sells the book better.
Logistics and resources:
Design rates for covers can range from $25 (fiverr.com) and premade (Getcovers.com) to $300-$500 for custom designed covers. Well-known graphic designers may charge $600+.
The next roundtable gathering of the Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, & Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS) writers’ collective, will take place at: 11:30 a.m., Thurs., April 13, 2023, at Mimi’s restaurant in Chandler, AZ. Our established authors will meet in person for a roundtable discussion on any writing topic they choose.
Come on in! I’m so glad you’ve found our little online community! Here, we share ideas to create and market better writing, music, and “village.” Throw in a few “Coffee CommuniTea” coffee and tea-shop reviews, and we’re golden, right? What better places for writing, enjoying music, and creating community? Our goal is to generate success together, using fresh tactics to get the ‘verse buzzing about cool creative endeavors. Come in and join us… —Ann
Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS)
Meet in-person with the ALWAYS writers’ tribe of established authors to discuss writing and support one another. In March, we’re talking about the structure of the ALWAYS group and how to better interact with and support one another. I hope you can join us! (We meet the second Thursday of each month in Gilbert, except for the first Thursday of each quarter when we meet in Phoenix.) Romeo’s Euro Cafe, downtown Gilbert, AZ 11:30 a.m., Thurs., March 14, 2019
My Words Jump Off The Page! [A presentation at the Society of Southwestern Authors—Valley of the Sun Chapter.]
Authors, learn a handful of writing and editing techniques to help you discover ways to build visual imagery and emotion, and subconsciously compel readers into your story. I’ll share my thirty years of marketing experience to show you how to make your story “jump off the page” for readers and publishers. In this two-hour hands-on session, explore:
The edits I make most often as an editor
What to look for when hiring an editor
Leveraging the scene question to develop a compelling plot line
Writing with active voice, and deep point-of-view
More effective editing tips using MS Word
Tempe Public Library 2:30–4:40 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019
Just for a bit of Absolutely Wild! fun, find out by visiting Images.Google.com and searching for: [your name] + the “magical creature” [Note the use of quotation marks to search for the full phrase, not individual words.]
For me, that would look like: Ann the “magical creature”
Above, see a favorite from my search—a gorgeous illustration by Anne Stokes.
Please share by posting your favorite found image (below in the comments).