ROW80-3 - 07/23 - Actually editing
Rough Water

ROW80-3 - 07/27 - Revitalized

I had a book signing Saturday at a downtown book store - Chapters Rideau. I was there from 11:30 to 5 and sold 7 books. And I consider the day a success. Firstly - these sales were to 7 strangers, as my friends had all bought 2014 07 26_0653acopies. I'd hope some would still come to cheer me on, but didn't happen. Oh well. Still, these were people that I convinced to stop, hear my spiel, and part with $13.95. But secondly - I also convinced another dozen or so people to stop and talk about writing - about the process of developing an idea, doing an outline, actually writing (as part of NaNoWriMo), editing, finding a publisher, editing more, publishing, and marketing. As well as learning to be a writer - via reading, courses, Flash Fiction challenges, writing groups, practice, and feedback from critique partners. That was the part that really revitalized me - talking about both what I had done so far, and what I hope to do. Plus trying to help others along the writerly road. So - ignoring the $18 parking for the day, and the 5 1/2 hours I spent there - it was a good day. Oh - and they'd had 10 book on consignment, with only 10 on the shelf. For 90 days, which sort of expired mid-July. The manager agreed to take 7 more to replace the sold ones, and put all 10 up on the shelf!  

Lessons learned? Better promo. Not necessarily online - just day-of, in person. I did a nice sign in a plexi stand from Staples, of basically just the cover. I could have used 2-3 more of them, scattered around the store, saying was a book signing. I was in a high traffic area though, so had lots of opportunities to engage people. My business cards went well too, for people not ready to buy. Cards said: 

  • Kirk's Landing
  • Police, First Nations, and an unsolved murder, all in a small northern town.
  • Available locally and online 
  • Details at mike-young.ca

 Status:

  • Editing - working thru this pass still, blending in alpha reader's feedback and mine.
  • Other
    • MArketing - Book signing. See above.
    • Reading - Read Mother Courage and her Children - seemed appropriate given the several wars conflicts going on, Good story.  
    • More Continuum. Almost done Season Three. 
    • More Ingress game. Almost Level 6 now. Lots of walking to find sites. Bought a bigger external iPhone battery too, as this sucks power. 
    • Met my grandkids out in Orleans for a pic-a-nik lunch at a park. Nice time. I just brought Lunchables and juice boxes.

 

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)