Will Anyone Come?

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.

mustache-glassesAnother 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!


About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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