Sunday, December 9, 2012

Numbers From My Booksigning

So this weekend was such a great experience! I signed for three days at Castleberry Fairs! 

Total books sold: 20
7 of Paradise 21
7 of Colonization
2 of Tundra 37
4 of Haven 6

Total emails collected for the mailing list: 22
Total fliers given out for kindle/nook people: 60

So, no way did I make my money back on the booth if you're looking at the raw numbers. But, I did make a lot of great connections, which I think is invaluable. For instance, the women with the booth next to me had a 13 year old son who loved my book. He bought it the first day and read it for three days straight. His mother said he's going to do a book report in school about it and tell his friends. I think that's the coolest thing ever because books gain popularity by word of mouth. Also, I got to sign a lot of Colonization books as Christmas presents for grandchildren and nieces. Can you imagine a teen opening a personalized, signed book from me at Christmas time with my email if they'd like to contact me and tell me about what they thought? Awesome.

Will I do it again? Definitely! I may choose another weekend, because the booth owners said this particular fair was slow this year. Maybe it was too late in the shopping season and everyone was already shopped out? Maybe they already had their presents? Next time I'll shoot for a Memorial Day weekend fair or the one after Thanksgiving when more people are off.

The other thing that I learned was that I need more genres to appeal to a wider audience. A lot of people said they loved to read, but not science fiction. So, I'm going to try to aim for a printed fantasy or contemporary romance book for the future. The more genres I have, the more interest I'll have in the craft fair attendees.

I hope these numbers and insights can help other authors make signing decisions in the future! 


Christine Rains said...

That's awesome! I really think it's great the kid loved your book and was reading like crazy. There's no better publicity than the enthusiasm of a reader. :)

Nicole said...

What a cool experience! Those kids are gonna love their gifts.

Budd said...

You know, my 12 year old would love paradise 21. I am going to tell her to read it.

Nicole Zoltack said...

I just had my first author signing event the other day and it was so much fun! I'm glad you had a great time. There's nothing cooler than signing your book, knowing it's going to be a present. :)

Cherie Reich said...

Aww! That's so cool! I agree word of mouth is awesome, and those kids will be thrilled with a signed book.

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