Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Deciding What Books to Take to a Book or Craft Fair

This is always a dilemma for me because I have copies of every book I've ever published and there are lots of them.

Of course I'll take my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Dispel the Mist, and a few copies of others in that series. I also have copies of No Sanctuary, the latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series--so I should bring earlier books too. There are a lot of readers who want to begin with the first in the series.

If I'm doing a festival on the coast, I'll bring copies of books that are set on the coast. When I'm doing books in my part of California, I want to be sure to bring books that are set here.

I always wonder if I should bring any copies of my Christian horror--but when I do, I always sell a few.

One thing I've learned over the years, you really can't tell who is going to buy a book--nor what book they are going to buy.

When I'm doing a festival or signing near where I live, I'm pretty confident that most will want my latest book because of publicity I've had in the paper. However, even then, sometimes a person will buy a book that I certainly didn't expect them to be interested in.

A big example is my psychological horror, Wishing Makes It So. It's about a very bad little girl. I'm surprised by how many mother's of little girls buy that book.

Never judge a book by a cover nor a book buyer by how they look.



Sun Singer said...

Part of the challenge here, I guess, is deciding how many books you can take in your luggage or afford to ship out to a festival if you're not driving.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

If I'm flying to a conference, I only take about 10 of my two latest books--fortunately they are trade paperbacks.

When I'm going to book festivals I'm driving, so I can take what I think will sell in a particular area.

I always take the most to the Apple Festival because it's less than a mile away and I'm the "local celebrity."