You Should Know This is the Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Done! A Recap on Friday’s … Unusual Author Event

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As a new author, I’ve only attended several actual book signings, including a local author book fair and a book signing at Cook McDoogals. For the most part, these events were pretty standard. Friday’s venue  was probably the most … unusual.

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It’s jolly good!

Every first Friday of the month, downtown Kokomo sponsors a community event geared towards promoting local businesses, artists, etc. The goal is to build a stronger sense of community and promote the growing downtown area. Last Friday, I hosted a booth outside of Pepperwhistle Bakery and Cafe. Meanwhile a historical group reenacted medieval swordplay in the restaurant’s parking lot–ironic, considering my book centers around knights, sword fights, and quests. LOL. More ironic was that this was not planned; it just sort of happened that we scheduled on the same day.

So was the event successful? I’d say so. I only sold like five books, and one of them was to someone I already knew, but fifty bucks is fifty bucks, and I got my face out there, which is important. I also handed out a good number of business cards and bookmarks containing my information so there’s always the possibility of making a future sale. **Crosses fingers** as I log onto the Kindle Direct Publishing page.

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Huzzah!

More importantly, the event was a lot of fun. Being next to a medieval acting group made the event worthwhile. I got to learn some new information about weapons and armor and witness some fabulous swordplay. The pictures turned out great! And they invited me to their upcoming Renaissance fair right here in Kokomo Indiana! I know my nephew will want to go … he was trying to get free sword lessons during their demonstration. Might have to enroll him in their school one day … but for now, I think we’ll just stick with dance class;)

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Book signings are a great way to gain exposure and meet potential readers!

For those of you who have not hosted a book signing, I strongly encourage you to, despite the meager sales. Nothing beats the feeling of being an author or the thrill of meeting potential new readers. It definitely was a satisfying experience.

Well, that’s all for now. I’m off to Judith Barrow‘s blog to share my experience along with some hilarious pictures!

Happy Monday!

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Where’s the Most Unusual Place You’ve Had a Book-Signing?

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Author Judith Barrow

Earlier this week author and fellow blogger Judith Barrow posed the question “Where’s the most unusual place you’ve had a book signing?” Hers was at Kilgetty Pharmacy in Wales.

I know I’ve never thought to host a book signing at a pharmacy or retail store before, but now I’m thinking outside the box.

So far, I’ve attended a local library book fair and have signed up to host a booth at this year’s Kokomo Comic Convention. I figured a fantasy series would do well in a room full of fantasy and science fiction fans.

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It’s jolly good!

Today’s venue is probably the most unusual. During the First Friday event in downtown Kokomo, I’ll be doing a book-signing outside of Pepperwhistle Bakery and Cafe. Meanwhile a historical group will be reenacting a medieval jousting match in the restaurant’s parking lot. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun and crazy event. I can’t wait! I’ll be sharing pictures Monday morning on both my blog and Judith’s.

So, tell me, where is the most unusual place you’ve had a book-signing? Or better yet, go to Judith’s blog (where the conversation started) and share your experience (with pictures) in the comments section!

Happy Friday, everyone!