I thought this title was nicely official sounding and also just alliterative enough.
Honestly, this article's kind of dull even by my standards, unless you like small town festivals, and maybe even then. But I did post here when I was going into our three day appearance at the Avilla Freedom Festival, so I suppose it's only fair that I report on the results.
Anyway, the longest book signing in history, featuring two introverted people who are averse to crowds and noise but went to a festival, is over. Emily, my wife, laid out our display table after telling me to go do something else, which tells you all about my organizational skills. Here's a photo of the table with Emily and a guest who stopped by: My father, Delbert. They're munching on caramel corn at this moment, which we'll talk more about later.
I just realized how much my dad reminds me here of the title character from Weekend at Bernie's.
The first surprise was when we were setting up on vendor's row, and I discovered my cousin had a booth right next to us. (I bought some antique coins from him.) In this photo that's his place on the left.
Then it turned out one of the people on the other side from us was a woman I used to work with in the EMS. Ah, small town life. Unfortunately for me, they were selling (among other things) some truly yummy chocolatey stuff. Then the Noble County Gas and Steam Association set up across from us and started making caramel corn ... from scratch, in an actual kettle.
Is this in any way fair to a guy who needs to make dollars, not gain pounds? Don't even get me started on the bacon, lettuce, and deep fried green tomato sandwiches they were selling down the way.
We were within sight of the stage, and over a three day period were treated to, among other things, bluegrass, 80s glam rock, country, rap, and the kiddie queen and king contest. Below is a long distance photo of Cougar Hunters, who I take it were hunting not large cats but older women.
There was also a festival going on, and every once in awhile I got to walk around and take a look, although of course not so much at the busy times.
Car show, too. Maybe I'll do more of a post on that later.
So, how did we do book sale-wise? Well, the first two days were kind of a disappointment, by which I mean a substantial disappointment. Still, by the end of the second day we broke even on our one-time expenses. By the middle of the third day we'd made up what we spent on other things, like the canopy and a folding table of our very own.
If it had been a typical three or four hour book signing, I'd be crowing about the sales we made. Spread out over three days it wasn't so spectacular, but we did well Saturday afternoon and evening. We also got some bites--gave away business cars and bookmarks to people who, hopefully, will go on the website, or Amazon, or B&N, and make some purchases. That's one of the reasons we do public appearances anyway: to get the word out. I also got to do a blurb on the local radio station, the irony being that my newest novel is about a local radio station.
The one thing I've found strange is that so far we haven't sold all that many copies of Radio Red -- the newest release. But that will come, unless it doesn't.