Hey, everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. Things have been busy lately, but thankfully, Spring is here!
Yesterday, I had my first author show of the year. It was pretty busy (despite the cold weather), and I got to meet a lot of awesome people! This is my third time at this specific author show, and every year it seems like it gets better.
But what is an author show like? I can tell you from experience that each show is different. Some are successful, some aren’t, and some, well…it just depends on the day and who shows up. But after a few years of attending, there’s some things that I notice pretty regularly that happen…
1. Be prepared to network!
Some of the most helpful people I’ve met have been fellow authors who’ve attended these shows with me. Through these shows, I’ve gotten to make new friends, join author groups, and get a general feel for how the market is doing in other genres. Author shows are a great way to keep up with the times and meet new people, so don’t be afraid to say hello to the tables next to you!
2. You may be asked a lot of questions on how you became an author.
Yesterday was kind of funny. I hardly got any visitors who were readers! In fact, many of the people who said hello were inspiring authors themselves who were looking for advice on how to publish.
3. You might be disappointed if sales are low, but that doesn’t mean the show was a flop.
Every show is different. As said before, some shows do well while others don’t. But just because you might not sell well doesn’t mean the show isn’t a success. I once went to a show where I sold nothing, but I did get to meet a lady who liked my books…and eventually put me in a local magazine.
4. You might actually have fun.
Let the fans get to know you, but don’t be so worried about impressing people that you forget to have fun. Whether it’s through conversation, meeting new people, or posing your puppet parrot in different spots to see if they noticed (I might have done that yesterday), you can have a lot of fun!
I hope you all have a wonderful week!