Well my first promotional event for my books was pretty much a flop. Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. I advertised it as a signing, I had every intention of it BEING a signing, but then the ice storm happened and my shipment of books TO SIGN didn’t show up. I had a few but not as many as I wanted to have on hand. But really, even the few I had were more than enough considering my audience was approximately five people and the staff. Lol.
I knew going into it that it was going to be a tiny event as the bookstore where I hosted it had just opened. They haven’t found their customer base yet, plus the ice storm and freezing drizzle on and off all day prevented a lot of people from venturing out.
The entire thing wasn’t executed very well, I was ill prepared, and the weather didn’t cooperate. I sold precisely one book and I sold it to one of my best friends who trekked up from Ohio. Lol.
I’m not discouraged though. From a sales standpoint the event was a failure. From a healing standpoint: it was a huge success and pivotal point in my recovery journey. I’ve been writing about my trauma for almost six years now. It’s been extraordinarily helpful over all, but my writing has reached a plateau as far as self therapy.
Now, I need to talk about it. To say it out loud and regain my physical voice as well as my figurative voice. Sure, I’ll talk about it with pretty much anyone who asks one on one or even a small group of friends but actually speaking to the public at large like this event was.
I’m calling it a success and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I’ve got at least one more event in the works and we’ll see what happens from there. 😁