Whooboy! I think I’ve finally gotten a breather.
My house is clean, my family’s illness has reduced to the occasional sniffle and cough, and my husband fixed the leak beneath the bathroom sink that was threatening to flood our downstairs.
Life is good.
The signing last Thursday was fantastic. I met a few new people, missed a few people, and saw some familiar faces from last year’s signing.
This year, there were six of us who pitched in for the event (three more on top of the three of us from last year). It brought the venue and appetizer costs down, and it attracted more visitors. That, combined with the brand new anthology from The Seven, added to the success.
I came prepared this time. Last year, I took and sold 11 books. This year, I sold a total of 29 books. That paid for the cost of all the books (not just what I sold), as well as my part of the venue costs. I even came out $10 ahead, with books still on hand. (Anyone want a signed copy of This World Bites, Thanmir War, or The Ancient?) 😉
No major road blocks popped up. I had cash change, my business partner’s card reader worked, and people liked my swag. I gave away a lot of pens, and had several people impressed that I had temporary tattoos. The tattoos probably would’ve been more popular with a younger crowd, but a good number of people exclaimed that it was a great idea.
My husband made me some really cool poster-sized printouts of my book covers! I’m going to frame Thanmir War. I already gave This World Bites to Dani (my cover model).
I should’ve ordered business cards, but it was something I didn’t get done before the signing. Ah well.
I tried to make a video, but the upload appears to have made it super choppy. I don’t blame you if you flinch and turn it off:
Okay, that’s it you’ll hear from me about the signing.
So what’s this “Chance to Win” deal I mentioned in the blog title? The Seven are looking for reviews. We’ll give you a free review copy of The Ancient, and if you send me a link to your Amazon review between March 15th and April 1st (though we would appreciate other review sources as well), you’ll be entered in to win a $25 Amazon gift card, or a rare copy of The Ancient signed by all seven authors (not something you can get unless you’re willing to travel from the west coast to the east in order to track us all down).
On the non-writing front, I got to do a craft of cracked marbles with my daughter the other night. A quick trip to the dollar store, 20 minutes of 500 degree baking, and then some old nail polish made these beauties:
I thought about reviving my Featured Photo Fridays. I have a few pictures I’m willing to post, but finding content in a busy life seems to be tough. My posting wouldn’t be consistent. So you just get the occasional artistic take on something I thought was nifty. 🙂
Have you done any signings? Would you like a review copy and a chance to win? What do you think of the marbles?