It is now less than one week until I make my big public debut at the local literary festival in the southern city of Columbia, South Carolina, which has been my home for the past 8 ½ years. I have ordered thirty copies of my book to sell, and now I wonder if I am kidding myself in thinking there will be that many people interested in purchasing my book. Is there any chance that I did not order enough?
I have the business cards which I already mentioned, (Will Anyone Come) along with the Russian candy and some bookmarks. I learned a lesson from the bookmarks, which is to always order a proof copy. It turns out that the font size would likely be the last line on the chart you read at your local eye doctor, but I waited too long to order that proof. Perhaps I should give out magnifying glasses!
The design consists of the book cover and my website along with two reviews of the book, which include few nice buzzwords and phrases not written on the back-cover blurb: genealogy, family survival, and mid-twentieth century American and Russian history.
So next Sunday, I will arrive with my paraphernalia and high hopes that someone will come chat with me. I hope that the fact that Russia is now a hot topic in the news will help to attract some visitors to my table. If not, at least I will meet some other local authors and learn what to do next time.