I was happy to learn that I was selected to participate in a book festival later this month as a local author in my community. Now I need to research what I need to do as an author.
While I have attended such events in the past, it was always as a reader, so I never paid attention to what I need to do to attract people to my table. I immediately began to worry. What if no one comes? This could be embarrassing! Maybe I should wear a disguise.
Another major concern, which I bet is not common to many fell attendees, is knowing that the festival will be one week prior to my hip-replacement surgery. I read that I should be standing if at all possible. Perhaps this will be a time to hit the pain meds in advance of my debut. Such a problem!
I need to collect sales taxes, so I called my state department of revenue to ask if I need a license. Thankfully, since this is not an on-going sales event, I am not required to apply for the $50 permit. That is a relief, because I will be shocked if my profits exceed the price of a license. I was instructed to collect the taxes and send them in ASAP, with the notation “one-time event” written in large letters on the top of the tax form.
What sort of props should I bring other than copies of my books? I had business cards printed with my name, website, and contact information, and my daughter is lending me small easels on which to display a few copies of Do Svidanya Dad.
Since it is my steadfast policy to never buy anything without a price, I asked her for suggestions on how to show all my “fans” the cost of the book. As a photographer who participates in bridal shows, she suggested I print up a listing of the costs and display it in a photo frame, which she will also let me borrow.
Since my book may attract genealogists, I have considered bringing some of my “finds” from the National Archives, but I am not sure if that is a good idea. There is such a lot to think about. In any case, it will be fun mingling with other writers. I am excited to have been asked to participate. Will anyone come talk to me that day? I will let you all know.
And incidentally, for anyone not living in the Columbia, SC area, you can get a copy of my book on Kindle for 99 cents beginning tomorrow.
Try it, you’ll like it!