Traffic was very, very light on the street yesterday. We did everything we could to be noticeable, even going so far as to take the table outside the store. Mom hung out with me and a friend came by the table mid-way, and that’s when we sold books–5 in ten minutes. Then it died out, the sun shifted, and I got a touch of sunburn.
Not the results I wanted. I have left copies at the store on consignment. Hopefully the farmers market will be more successful.
On the plus side, of my three customers, two were people I had never met, and the third was a friend of my parents’ who had been to my first signing here. The last time I had only one stranger; the other copies of Rogue Pawn went to family and friends. I also had a nice dinner out with the parents and my little brother. Amazing how good food and a little caffeine can affect my attitude!
In spite of the disappointing results so far, I am doing my best to remain optimistic and learn all I can from the experience. We put a lot of work into advertising; maybe too much. It could be that the area is just too depressed. Half of Main Street is for sale or rent. If I have a lot of books left when I go home I will set up a signing there and see if it goes better. I have to keep reminding myself that no experience is wasted if I learn from it.
More to come.