I participated in a church craft fair on the 16th in Colorado Springs, about an hour and a half from my home in north Denver. I hung out with several writing friends but sold nothing.
Last Friday, I headed to Colorado Springs for a book fair, hung out with a friend, and sold one book.
On Saturday, licking my wounds over poor sales (I know, I know–don’t look at the Amazon numbers), I delivered my novel to Englewood Public Library. It hosts a book event every April called Meet the Faces that features local authors. I submitted my book to Deb for consideration and learned she’s also the contact person for getting my book into the library. I killed two birds with one stone.
While I was in the area, I stopped at Fireside Books, an independent bookstore and espresso shop. I have a tentative booksigning date of January 10, 2014. Make that three birds.
I also indulged in retail therapy.
God encouraged me the next day. Two friends at church said they’d buy my book next Sunday. Another friend bought the book during lunch.
This morning, I puzzled over a check I received from a craft show at the Assistance League of Denver two weeks ago. They handled all sales, took a 30-percent commission, and sent me the balance. Instead of selling two or three books, I sold four. Now I have to figure out how I got off in my accounting, but it was a nice surprise.
Face-to-face promotion of my novel has been a long road. Usually I sell one book at a time. I’ve learned to be prepared: I carry a copy of the book in my purse, along with bookmarks, pens, business cards, and change.
I keep saying it, but I need to leave the sales results to God. I need to do what I can to promote the book but I can’t predict if a booksigning will result in sales then, result in sales later, or result in “Oh, that’s nice.” It boils down to obedience in making the effort and trust for the results. Hmm. Sounds like the Christian life.