This will be brief, because I am exhausted.
Today was the reading. Before that though, I went around to several booths, spoke with local bookstore owners and organizations and left some information with them. Then, I got my street team to help me hand out bookmarks (more on that in a later blog), and raffle tickets ahead of the reading. Finally, it was my turn to read.
I had a good crowd. Maybe about 25-30 people. All of the chairs were filled. I read from the section of the novel where Ray confronts Nate about the mysterious abilities that he seems to have. It’s a good section, early on the the book and self-apparent, so it does not need a lot of explanation. It felt like a blur, because we weren’t given a whole lot of time. But the audience seemed engaged throughout. At the end, I raffled of a copy and was psyched when the winner was a young middle-school aged boy. 🙂
In the end though (and because this is absolutely true confessions), I did not sell one copy of my book all weekend. There is definitely disappointment in that–and it’s a first for me. But, like I said the other day, exposure is the name of the game. I may not have sold any copies today, but perhaps the people who heard me read will keep me in mind and make a purchase at a later date. You never can be sure of the long term effects of these things.