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#1 RSMellette

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 11:31 AM

I just did the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Man, that's a lot of work to sell 11 books.

 

Granted, I only actively sold for 4 hours or so, and most of the work is because I organized and managed the booth for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, but still... it's hard work.

 

Some people didn't sell any. That's always hard.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 11:32 AM

I was thinking about you. I saw the LA Times Festival of Books listed on one of the C-Span stations. I briefly watched to see if there might be an audience shot, but I only saw talking heads.

 

But, jeez, that does sound like hard work and a frustrating return on your investment of time.



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:33 PM

Yeah... but it's fun work... 

 

Still, makes you think. Say you've self-published and you're planning on financing a national tour. And you might sell 5 to 6 books per stop. Hopefully, that would be more if you get to do a reading - but then again, only 5 to 6 people might show up. 

 

This business is not for the faint of heart.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 09:22 AM

Indeed not. I read a blog post or heard a podcast that Mindy (BBC) put up in which she went to a book signing that no one attended. Not a single person. And she has written wonderfully reviewed, well received books and is a dogged promoter of her work (and, indeed, that of her fellow writers). It is most definitely not for the faint of heart.






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