Don't expect to actually sell books. That's not the point at all.
The point is networking, name recognition, and goodwill.
I know you're an introvert but bring your social face.
Bring more books than you expect to sell... just in case.
Know where the bathrooms/port-a-potties are located. You'll be giving a lot of people directions.
Know your audience. (Bring appropriate enticements to lure them in.)
Plan for inclement weather. (This was an outdoor event and we had beautiful weather, but oh, the wind.
- Bring enough change to make change... for yourself and others in need.
- Don't forget your Square reader or similar device for taking credit card purchases.
- Appropriate (and easy to assemble/disassemble) tables, chairs, props, tents, etc.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Books and Crabs... a lesson from the trenches
I usually try to write to appeal to readers, but today, I'm making an exception. This is for writers, and readers who want to see the man behind the curtain.
I recently participated in the West Point (Virginia) Crab Carnival as a vendor. Two friends and I, with riparian themed books, participated and here’s a smattering of what I learned. Although this isn’t my first time around the festival block, I always learn something new.
So now, go out there and have fun! Practice makes perfect! See you next year!
Sofie Couch writes sweet romance and cozy mystery with just a touch of paranormal thrown in for good measure.. She studied Rhetoric at the University of Virginia, obtaining a B.A. in b.s. and fiction is what she continues to crank out. You can follow the high-jinks of Sofie at http://www.sofiecouchbooks.blogspot.com .