Last Saturday, I did my first book festival in Mission Viejo, CA. It was a great setting in a park. We had the perfect tent location. We had extra time after we set up before it started. It didn’t rain and the weather was warm, very warm. Everything was good until about 1 or 2 p.m. when the crowd started to thin out pretty quickly. The temperature was rising all morning and by that time, it was around 100 degrees, maybe higher. Most people just couldn’t take walking around very long. Thankfully, the volunteers came around throughout the day delivering bottles of water to all the author booths so that helped a lot. Plus, we were extra lucky in that our booth didn’t have any direct sun all day.
We met some really nice people, made some good contacts, and I had lots of fun signing my books and selling my Pencil Bugs.
Throughout the exhibit area, they had large blackboards where people could sign their names or answer the question that the volunteers wrote on each side. One of the questions was, “Who is your favorite author?” Well, as you might expect, it was too much of a temptation for my parents to write my name on there so they did. Of course I had to get my picture beside it then.
While it was fun having an author booth, next year I would like to be one of the author/speakers. I have already suggested that the organizers consider having one time slot strictly for young authors to present. Needless to say, when you have a chance to speak to your customers in a comfortable setting and tell them your story and talk about your book, book sales tend to increase too. It’s like I said in my last post, it’s all about selling yourself which will help sell your product.
Overall, it was a good experience. If you haven’t bought an autographed copy of my book yet, please check it out on my website or you can browse through a few pages on Amazon’s Look Inside feature. A portion of every sale goes toward my Christmas Teddy Bear Fundraiser for kids at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California.