The insecure monster has been visiting me ever since I was invited to participate in a local book fair. At first I was excited at the prospect of getting my book at there in public, but at the same time, I can’t hide among the faceless people of the Internet.
I have been to only one book fair (not counting the ones at the elementary school of my children a lifetime ago), but I did so as a reader. I never paid attention to how the authors set up their tables or how they interacted with their potential readers/purchasers. If only I knew then that one day, I could be sitting behind one of those tables, I would not have these questions.
Do I need props such as business cards, book marks, or posters of my book? Do I need to bring a table since the letter stated: “Each author should staff his/her own table?” Do I actually need to bring the table to the event? (That could be a huge problem because parking is extremely limited at the library and I am having hip replacement surgery the following week. This could be a deal breaker!)
What is it that attracts traffic to a particular author? Should I bribe them with food? Since much of the book is set in Russia, perhaps a tureen of borscht or some caviar and vodka?
The biggest worry is fear that I will have this party, and no one will come. From what I see out there on many of my writing sites, there are not many books about American families moving to Russian during the Great Depression. If I could throw in a werewolf or vampire, with a dash of romance and a sprinkling of cyber intrigue, then I would feel a bit more confident.
I guess if I don’t have to bring my own table and I can figure out the sales-tax rules, then maybe I will go for it. If I fall on my face, I will do so with people I will probably never see again since I live in a small city where everyone does not know my name….yet!