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The shoes didn't fit. It was an omen.













Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Indie Life: Stop By, Free Donuts, What I Learned from my First Book Signing and Other News

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The Indie Life is held by the The Indelibles on the second Wednesday of every month. Its a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier like eating donuts.

Two Saturdays ago, I had my first book signing and it wasn’t at a bookstore. It was at a festival. Well, I brought one hundred donut holes. Those tasty little cakes attracted children who had their parents chasing them over to my table. So guess what I did?

I squeaked my wheel…all day. I sold eleven books at the event  and got five ebook sales to boot. So I took notes regarding that day.

Free Donuts: It attracts old men and children. Not too far behind the old men are their wives. And like I said above, children are usually attached to parents or vise versa.

One liners: This is the perfect time to tell people about your book in one sentence. I now have it perfectly memorized.

If you’re having issues trying to tell people what your book is about join your local Toastmaster’s Group. I became a member way before I finished writing my book. And really helped me focus on delivering the message of my book.

Money Bank: Make sure you have a hundred dollars in change. I brought twenty in bills and seventeen in change. I missed out on a sale because I didn’t have enough to make change for a fifty.

Flyers: When people are blankly passing your table by, get out in front of your table and pass out flyers about yourself and book.

Signs: Have a Meet your Author sign professionally made and ready to be seen at your booth. I didn’t have one. Although, the donuts did help attract attention.

Don’t be afraid: Yeah. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and shake a lot of hands. People like to feel they matter and are important. You’ll have book sales galore if you can really connect with others.

Sunscreen: Bring this in case you get stuck standing in the sun like I did. My nose and throat were tomato red by the time the event finished. A tent would be nice to have as well.

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so I figured I’d share a kissing diddy between Lila and Max from Secondhand Shoes.

Max took my hand and turned us to face our audience.

He smiled.

I hiccupped.

“You may kiss the bride.”

Before I knew it, Max’s face was on mine, his mouth wide open and his tongue moving over mine, holding himself hard against me. My body stiffened, and I tried to pull back. I couldn’t breathe, but I hiccupped. Vomit hit the back of my throat. I was going to be sick.

I shoved him away, my hand going to my mouth. “I have to go to the ladies room!”

I know, not romantic. My off kilter sense of humor gets in the way. Ever kiss a guy that…well…wanted to make you vomit?

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Anyway, next week SAVE THE DATE: Feb.19, 20, and 21st.

I’ll be having a Spread the News and Cheer on the Run Away Bride Giveaway. I’ll be drawing 2 winners for a 15 dollar Amazon card and 2 winners for autographed copies of Secondhand Shoes.

And everyone gets a FREE ebook on those three days, too.

Hugs and chocolate, Shelly

21 comments:

  1. I used to do this for work. I was thinking about doing it to sell books. I'm glad it worked out for you. This is great advice. Sweets always helps getting folks over. lol Oh, the linky in the Indie Life list didn't work for me. Not sure why. =)

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    1. I seem to be having the same problem with some of the linkies. ***shrugs*** And too, I posted my linky twice.

      Hugs and chocolate,
      Shelly

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  2. You've found a plan that works!

    It's different for everyone. I like doing all of my marketing online.

    Love donuts, though....

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    1. I would prefer chocolate. But it would've melted.

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  3. If kissing him makes her want to vomit, WHY is she marrying him?

    Lauren
    lauren-ritz.blogspot.com

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    1. Because she marries him to make her overbearing mother happy. Girls in the 80's still listened to their mothers. They don't today, which can be good but bad, too.

      Hugs and chocolate,
      Shelly

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  4. This is a step I'm not quite ready to take yet, but the moment will come soon. Thank you so much for your sage advice.

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    1. Tonja,

      It definitely brought peeps to the table.

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  6. I have a whole bunch of vomiting in my book too. LOL Can't wait to have time to think about donut holes.

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    1. Evie:

      You make me laugh. In the next book/novella, Lila will be fighting a demon-slut for her true love. No vomit in this one. But there will be demon-slime.

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  7. Oh, I will have to remember the doughnut holes next time I do something anywhere. I might not out sell anyone, but they'll be at my table more than the others--especially the old men LOL!

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    1. Old men. They were flocking to the table. Two actually bought a book.

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  8. Excellent tips! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm so glad you had such a great experience :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.

      Chocolate hugs.

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  9. Those are great tips, Shelly!

    And Max makes everyone want to vomit!

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  10. Hi Shelly! Thanks for stopping by my place… I was delayed getting my Indie Life post up, but it's there now.

    These are excellent tips for a book fair, too. I attended one in Decatur GA last summer, mostly to meet a couple Twitter buddies of mine, but one had a signing & another had a booth. They could have used those tips, I think :-) I'll definitely bring sugary goodness if I'm behind the table now…

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  11. Great tips! I'm bookmarking your post, so I don't forget where I saw it later on. Thanks for sharing!

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