This past weekend I did one of my first “appearances” since self-publishing the Black Depths books. I attended a little arts fair in a community where I used to live. It was in a beautiful park, on a beautiful day, and I had some great friends working the arts fair with me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a great time.
When I first self-published, my plan was to sit back and do nothing and see what my book would do on its own. Well, I quickly learned that if I did nothing my book would do nothing too. So then I began doing things. Having a table at a craft fair was something I’d long day dreamed about. Part of me always thought it would be romantic and amazing and that maybe something magical would happen. Well, nothing magical did happen, but I still had a good time. The big questions is: was sitting in a park for 5 hours, hauling my 60 pound suitcase across a grassy expanse, and signing a few books worth it?
My answer is a resounding “YES”.
Because I did sign a few books. People did come past my table, see Sea-Witch sitting there, and say “OMG THIS LOOKS SOOOO GOOD! I HAVE TO HAVE IT!” (almost a direct quote). And that made me so happy. I didn’t sell a ton. But I sold something. And that was enough to put a smile on my face. (Maybe because I feared everyone would scorn me or pretend I was invisible all day). But people did see me. They stopped to browse and ask questions or just to smile. Some bought books, some bought my mother’s lovely hand drawn cards, some took part in my “Post A Word” Story Project, and some just took a business card, which means they’re going to go on-line and buy my book later (right???).
I made a bit of money, half of which I spend on this series I found on sale at my local book store and this awesomely cute The Jane Austen Notebook: A Signature Series Notebook(associate link). Don’t they look pretty together?
By the end of the day, my friend and I were already brainstorming other events we’d heard of where we could do it again. So Art in the Park 2016 will NOT be my last public appearance. It was my first. The first of many to come.
J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Black Depths, the first two books of the series can be found on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016.