Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Book Signing Open House & Homeschool Writers' Seminar
I'd have to say it went well. I had some wonderful friends come for moral support, and a few new people. I sold a few books. The real success came, however, in the number of people who said, "I can't attend your open house, but I would really love to buy a book." Those people may not have known the books were for sale otherwise (unless they read my relentless self-promotion on Facebook!). I do not want to push anyone to buy my book because they know me and they feel like they should, or I have put them on the spot. I do, however, want to make sure that everyone who knows me knows the book is available, because you never know who might like it as a gift for grandchildren or as an addition to their personal library. I like to find ways of marketing that effectively get the word out without being a "pushy" salesperson. I believe this one worked well. Hopefully no one reading this will say, "Um, no, she was pretty pushy!" :)
When my husband and I placed our first order for some of these books to sell on our own, I considered ordering 100. It seemed like a lot to me and I was afraid I may be stuck with some inventory. Then the publishing company suggested we start with 300. Three hundred books!! Are you kidding me? That's a lot! But we decided to believe that I would be successful and ordered the 300.
It's a good thing, because after 3 weeks, I have already sold 101. That original hundred would not have lasted me long! I still haven't had an official Book Signing, so that is all friends, family, my Facebook & blog, and the Open House from Saturday. This coming Saturday, as I may have mentioned (smirk :), I will have my first public Book Signing at Cups & Cones in Havelock, NC. The press release has gone out, and tomorrow morning I will be interviewed on the local talk radio station!
Stay tuned! :)