In 2018, I started attending conventions and festivals as a vendor selling my books. The first comic con I sold my books at was a somewhat local convention, Big Lick Comic Con. The event in August was a success, I made my money back and I learned what I needed to do to improve my sales. Due to an event cancelation, this event became my first event of 2019.
I knew when the date was announced that I would be returning, it’s close by, I had success, and between August 2018 and February 2019, I had more material released. I forget when applications went live but I sent mine in as soon as they went up, my application was accepted. Before applications went live, it was announced the event in February (this event runs twice a year) would be a two day event instead of a one day event.
Prior to this I had three other comic cons I attended as a vendor (Big Lick Comic Con in August, Fairfax Comic Con, and Hampton Comicon). Even though this is my fourth comic con as a vendor I’m starting to see some familiar faces from previous conventions. I have to say it is nice seeing faces I’ve seen in the past.
As for the event itself, most of the day was a drag. I made one sale, handed out a few cards, and that was about it…..until the last two hours! The last two hours of day one I went from only selling one book to making a profit, nearly sold out of two books, and was invited to be a vendor at a few other events. Those last two hours really turned things around for me! Day two went well but it was slow because most people were there for the special guests and the cosplay contest. Overall, it was a success and I’ll be returning in August.
I definitely owe thanks to JD Sutphin once more. He has accepted me as a vendor twice and has given my an opportunity to sell my work to more people.
I also owe thanks to Samie Sands, she is the compiler of two (soon to be four) anthologies I appear in. She gave me permission to sell Sideshow and Evil Lurks at my table (Sideshow being one of the two books to nearly sell out over the weekend).
Thanks to all the familiar faces I’ve met at previous conventions. It’s always nice seeing familiar faces and as I found out I’ll be seeing many of you at future conventions (Many at NC Comicon next month!)
Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table. Even if all you did was grab a card and/or a bookmark, you helped make the weekend!
Special thanks to everyone who bought a book! All of you make it possible to continue this journey. I’m independent and there were several other tables there, for you to choose to spend your money on my work is greatly appreciated and it always means more than anyone will ever know!
I’ll update this post later this week to include links for people I think you should check out. I wanted to add something here for my readers that are also writers:
To my fellow writers, many of us have received negative reviews in the past about various books (one of my books has a one star review on Amazon right now). Don’t let that get the better of you. I had several people stop by my table and grab a card so they could search me that night and return on Sunday to buy something. While several people did buy META- (Complete) and The Paradox Complex because both average 5 stars on Amazon, a lot of people bought Sideshow after seeing its mixed reviews. I had one person tell me the mixed reviews were the reason she bought it. Regardless of whether or not she liked the book, the fact that everyone had differing opinions on it showed her that it was worth checking out so she could give her own opinion. Even though negative reviews sometimes hurt, don’t let it get to you!