Friday, October 31, 2014

Recent Hastings Booksigning

It was a good event although I had to deal with customers who were there at Hastings to rent videos or buy music for the first two hours. It takes a tough skin to be a promoter or salesperson. I dressed nice and wore make-up, styled my hair and decorated my table. I got there early to prepare and greeted the store personnel close by. Hastings is a good store and the book manager there is wonderful. He firmly supports the local writers here in Lake Havasu and always has our flyers done and table ready for our events.

I greeted everyone that entered and shook their hands. Many stopped to greet me back while others just walked by like they were in a hurry. It's tough and it's scary for me at times to deal with rejection, but that's just how it is in this business when you aren't famous. It's hard to keep smiling and stay positive and hope the next people entering the store will take actual interest in your books. My perseverance did pay off for in the last hour as several people did stop and bought my books. I even got a photo with one of them. Thanks Emelia!

I even sold some books while I was tearing down my table and packing up my things. Ironic, but true. I love it when that happens. It was a good event after all and I will keep on selling as long as people keep on buying. I have another event coming up next week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Signing Event in Lake Havasu!

Hope to see you there! I'll be signing my two books and talking about the third one that I hope will be out by the end of winter next year.  I'll also be giving out candy and answering questions.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A graphic for my third book

I am working on a new graphic image that is coming out so nicely, I'm starting to think it
might be suitable for a book cover.  It's a magical pendant or amulet that should look both natural but metallic as well. It isn't the central subject of my next story which is entitled The Legend of Fayre Sea. It's a medieval fantasy adventure based on the World of Tiaera. It involves pirates, druids and mermaids. It also has Audrey's story (which I posted here on the blog) in it with a lot of changes so it's something different for all my readers. I would really appreciate any suggestions that might help me turn this into a really eye-catching book cover. I can add or draw more things in and around the shell.  I don't want to go into too much of the plot but I did draw this shell which can be used to decorate the title page in grey-scale or maybe even a book cover in full color.

And here is the color version:

I am also thinking of looking for a book cover designer for this book, if I can find one that isn't too expensive. I am going to try Any other suggestions?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Finished Coats of Arms

I finally got around to finishing these three coats of arms. I brought them into Photoshop 6 to add the final details, names and mottos. I hope to make one for Athrylle soon which I plan to use in my next novel: The Legend of Fayre Sea. Unfortunately, they will have be in black and white as color graphics raises the book print price enormously. This is why I am showing these here.

This will also be used in my 3rd book: The Legend of Fayre Sea

Friday, October 3, 2014

Promoting with Bookmarkers

Looking for a new way to promote your books and even feel more welcome at craft fairs? Many of us authors use the traditional and very practical method of promoting our books with card bookmark (or bookmarkers) that have our book description, book cover, ISBN, and selling information. I have two sets I carry with me in my purse to give away to anyone interested in my books: Realmwalkers and Priestess and the Ravenknight. Here is a sheet of Realmwalkers bookmarkers I made and printed myself. Now I get them professionally done. This is just an example.

Well, over the summer it occurred to me to try something new. This fall and winter when the snowbirds are back to Lake Havasu, I am going to have these Tiaeran Beaded Bookmarkers and give them away to those who buy both books at my book signings. You may recall me writing about them two years ago. Here are a couple of the photos I used from that blog post. 

I've sold several at the listed price well enough, but few book readers are in the market to spend good money on bookmarkers when so many are free and plentiful. But I've learned over the summer that book buyers like getting both books if a free bookmarker (valued at $5 -7) is included. In fact, I have done so well with this promotion I am in need to get busy and make more beaded bookmarkers so that I have enough to cover my future sales. This is why I am sharing this marketing tip with you today.  This idea is nothing new. I have bought many craft items and art supplies on eBay and was delighted when I got something extra as a free gift. You see it on TV a lot also. Customers like free gifts and I like to make my Tiaeran beaded bookmarkers. It's a win - win for everyone.

This fall when you are setting up your events and ordering your books, think of a small inexpensive free gift to give away along with your business information. Attach your business card to the packet or card-style bookmarker also. Let me know what you decide to do and how well it's worked for you!  I'd really like to know. As always, leave me comments and suggestions. Good luck!