Monday, January 11, 2016

The London Bridge Renaissance Faire

Lake Havasu finally had it's first renaissance faire on January 1 - 3. I decided this would be a perfect venue to promote my books. I had just completed "Legend of Fayre Sea" so I ordered some book shipments and volunteered my sewing and drawing services with the organizers of the event. It was a lot of work and hours making flags and signs, but I really believed in this event.

If you are an historical non-fiction, historical fiction or even an historical fantasy fiction writer like myself, renaissance fairs are good places to have a book signing. I have done this before at the Phoenix Renaissance Festive with some amount of success, and that book signing was only 4-6 hours long, not three days.

Oh yes, the three days. It was a bit daunting and I tried to get some fellow writers and friends to help with the cost of the tent and sell their own books, but ended up having to do this solo. Fortunately, my dear husband helped me set up and stop by during the day so I could have a lunch break. Another friend came by to visit a short while on the last morning.

My budget dictated a homemade carboard sign this year. Next time it will be better.

The tent was a loan and it was comical trying to figure out how to set it up and take down without any instructions. At it we managed to get it right and well anchored to keep the wind from blowing it away. Yes, the wind in Havasu was terrible that Friday.

 Despite the chilly windy weather, fair-goers came and enjoyed the food, entertainment and shopping.

After three days of selling at my tent, I had met several nice vendors and met some new readers who bought my books and beaded book markers. I was also very very tired. I didn't think I could do three days, but I did. It was hard, but it paid off in sales.  I didn't get to see the jousting or the entertainers. That's the biggest drawback to working at a renaissance fair.  The weather was another drawback. If you don't have a tent with sides/walls you may freeze from the cold and wind. I was wrapped from head to toes with the changing weather. 

Something else to consider at a fair. If you have a secondary talent or skill like crafting, take advantage and bring your creations along. I made some book page roses, beaded bookmarkers and packaged beads to sell. And sell, they did. 

It was a great experience and I plan to do it again next year. I understand there will be a London Bridge Ren Faire 2017 due to the success of this one.

My next book event will be at Hastings Books & Music in Lake Havasu on Sunday, January 24th at 1 - 4pm. I will be promoting all three books then. Stop by and say hello!