I only have a short update today, because, well this didn't go as well as I hoped. There were two places I knew to contact, but I have still not heard back from them. (This means more follow up next week.)
However, this past fall was relatively busy for me, in terms of events. I was able to participate in five, and they are all events I should be able to do again next fall. So I will at least have that.
Events such as signings and craft fairs are where I have been able to see the most sales. They don't "count" toward my ultimate sales goal with my publisher, because basically I am just re-selling books I bought myself. But they are good for a few other reasons:
Although I haven't traveled more than 20 miles at this point, I have found strangers who were interested in reading my book. I have received fan mail from people I don't know!
Craft fairs are the best way to get my books into people's hands. People go to those things with cash in hand. They expect to buy something. And if I have set up a quality display, they may well be convinced that I have something quality to sell them. SO many people are asking for my second book!
What can I say? I really feel like a professional when I see a sign in a book store with my name on it, advertising my arrival.
Someday, I may need to do signings on a larger scale. It helps to not look like a novice when the lines are longer. (Heck, when there is a line longer than two. And one of them is my husband.) Right now, I'll just enjoy talking to my new friends.
I've found that these events are the best ways to find out about other events. It's also a great networking opportunity to talk with other authors about what is working for them.
I've been doing the research that I can, but I am definitely open to hear about any events YOU know of for me to make an appearance. Thanks!