So, Fiesta is over, and I'm BUSHED.
Sales were not as high as I'd
hoped, but well enough considering the area, and where our booth was
located. I got to talk to a lot of people and promote not only my
books, but the books of the others, including the ones I currently
didn't have stock with me for but are available online. I got to talk
to several people about the audiobook opening and the anthology, and
passed out flyers on that. There were also free bookmarks and bumper
stickers (I want to clear out current stock of bumper stickers to make
way for new ones). All in all, it was not a bad event for us, all
things considered. I learned some valuable lessons that will help out,
and we experimented with table layouts and how they either drew or
repelled people. Sam and I want to save up to go to one of the cons,
and are thinking about what would need to be done to organize an art and
book expo in this area.
I'm thinking bookboards for next time to
display books. Anyone out there that has gone to expos, cons, etc
before to sell/promote their books and wares, tips that worked for you
would be welcome so we can try them next time.
Yes Vad, there's
going to be a next time. Sorry dear. Publisher hat means I've got to
wear the Marketing hat too for myself and the other authors with me.
Publisher hat is heavy...
I wish my sister's cake booth had done
better, but there are other events. She was not properly sited, and we
don't know why. She had lots of cake left over at the end which she
passed out, so people ended up with free samples and are looking forward
to more for next time. One lady bought almost a whole cake after
eating her free slice. I'm thinking that if there were some way we
could do free samples and keep track of who already had some, that might
Yesterday was my brother's birthday also. I still have
to get pictures off my phone to the computer (which is a hassle because
it's a trackfone phone, and they don't do the internet, and it won't let
me email pics to myself...). He was not enjoying working on his
birthday, and I can't blame him. Working the gas station had to be