I am happy to report that I survived my first con experience as a vendor. I sold three books with only the strength of my personality (or in spite of it, as some might say), and I can confidently say that I am on the right career path…finally. Sure, I’m starting over at a time when other might start winding down and looking forward to a retirement in ten years. I’ve also learned some thing about setting up and tearing down:
- I need a banner sign: Here’s my set up. You’ll see what I mean almost immediately:
To be fair — this is my first time.
- I need to be a lot more steady on my elevator pitch: I got the one for The Dreaded Day Job down, but I flubbed The Quietest Heart and that might have cost me a sale.
- I need more signage: sure — there’s a lot going on there at my table, but I need to also tell people that I have an Internet presence. Y’know: the Facebook page, the Twitter account and this blog. The person across from me had a banner that had QR-codes with her Twitter and Facebook pages set up. I need something like that by the time I get to the next convention…whenever that is.
- I need more books! Holy cow, even though I was selling three books –2 paperbacks and an e-book (which didn’t really sell at all), there were people there selling seven or eight books. I need to really, really buckle down and crank out some more stuff.
- I’m not going to stand all day. I thought I could. After all, it’s only five hours. While I stood about maybe four hours total, I did end up sitting for a few minutes. I noticed that more people came by when I was sitting. I really do need to relax at conventions.
- Roadies would be nice. Just sayin’
I had fun and got to talk to a couple of people. I even posed for a group picture. I am definitely going to try to find other conventions to go to, I’ll focus on local ones first and when the funds get bigger, then I hit the out of state ones. I thought I was going to be a whimpering wreck halfway through (I’m not what one would call ‘comfortably sociable’), but I managed to have a good time.
I am working on a new romance novel called “The Lard of Love”. I am not going to release any more information about it until it’s done. I have a bad habit of spilling my guts about what I’m working on, and then I don’t want to finish it. So, I’m going to shut up about it and show everyone what I am working on this year:
1) Lard of Love — should have the rough draft finished by the end of next month at this rate (2K a day!)
2) The Marvelous and Mysterious Doomsday Medicine Show — I can’t wait to get this one started. This one is in a shared universe with several other projects.
3) Money-Man / SuperCapitalist — This is the NaNoWriMo project inspired by The Gun by C. J. Chivers.
That should be enough to keep me busy for the year. If not, then I have so much more to do — a sequel to this book, and another romance / fantasy novel with the working title of “Drinker, Jester, Flirter, Spy” (actually, I like that title…).
Well, I am going to try again to make this a more steady thing. At least three times a week — even when the Olympics come to TV, I will try to maintain this one.