As a writer and published author, it is difficult to find new and creative ways to sell your books. From the past year, I have sold my book at a women’s expo, several festivals, and local events in my hometown. During each of these, I have sold an average of 6 books and that in itself is not a bad record. However, I needed a way to move outside of my comfort zone without spending a small fortune. It would be amazing to have a booth at a Comicon or network at a conference but there was not enough money in the budget for it this summer.
So, what could I do? I turned to my trusty Facebook newsfeed and searched through a few different group pages. I was able to find a call for vendors from an antique mall owner in Hamburg, Iowa. Now, she was clear that this was a new endeavor for her and her tiny town. There were no guarantees of success. However, for only $20 for a booth, I decided to take a gamble. My husband and I decided to split the booth and he had the opportunity to try his hand at selling some off-brand lego accessories he bought online.
My husband and I decided to split the booth and he had the opportunity to try his hand at selling some off-brand lego accessories he bought online. So, after we drove an hour and a half from our home to the little town of Hamburg. It was easy to find just off I-29 and they had signage to help guide you to different locations. They even had people posted around the town to direct traffic and answer questions. The area where we were assigned filled up quickly, but I had asked Kim (the organizer) if she could mark a designated spot for me. Since I have a bum leg, I use my scooter to get around and it’s hard to get to bathrooms in outdoor situations. She was accommodating and made my day so much easier.
After we were done setting up, we sat and waited. The day started off a little slow. We entertained ourselves by taking pictures and talking with the other vendors around. As the crowds picked up, we started to sell more and more accessories and books. People seemed quite surprised and happy to see a published author at this event.
I know many of them came for the antiques or pieces to restore. I know that my shot-in-the-dark setup was taking a big risk. Luckily, this event paid off and I sold 10 copies of my book. I sold two of them to younger readers (6th grade, I believe) and they were super excited to have it signed by the author. It made me smile to see their faces light up at the chance to meet someone who published a book. I chatted with each of them and I hope that they enjoy their new read. I hope that all the people who bought my book will love it and share it with others. The more people out there with a copy of The Thornless Rose: Fire Blush, the better I can spread my story out there for all to read.
If you are looking for a great summer read and/or a new world to explore, check out my book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Thornless-Rose-Fire-Blush-ebook/dp/B01LYJ1MQ3 and leave a review when you get a chance.
Oh, and if you want some more amazing reads from some local authors, check out Amazing Things Press at http://www.amazingthingspress.com/books.html.