Sorry about the daily fiction. But I’ll probably again make statements that I can’t back up so long as the repercussions are minimal.
Interesting experience this weekend. I did a signing at a local Borders store, here in Folsom, Ca, for MURDER MOON. I get asked back every Halloween or so given the werewolfy nature of that book, so it’s a good fit. Been coming for the last two years. The first year? Kind of a bust. Moved a couple of copies, handed out some cards. But the store graciously took 25 copies off my hands at cost, so that was nice.
Now, last weekend, I was at APE in San Francisco. I was there for two days, more than eight hours each day. I moved books into the double digits, but nothing stellar.
In two hours, I moved 3/4 of the books that I’d sold at APE, and that was with 40 minutes being eaten up by being interviewed at the table by someone from the Sacramento News and Review. Otherwise, I’d classify the afternoon as “busy, if not great”. Granted, this isn’t a scientific examination by any stretch, but maybe, just maybe, I’m putting my energy in the wrong direction altogether. I didn’t get a lot of resistance from the whole “it’s a comic book” thing, maybe due to the genre of the material, maybe not. However, I did find that people walking into a regular old bookstore were interested enough to check the book out and buy significant quantities.
Perhaps that audience that everyone has been waiting for is actually out there. Trouble is hooking up with them. But if comic shows aren’t that productive, comparatively, then what’s the next step?
Anyways, food for thought during this, the time of the Con Wars. More thoughts on those later, but I gotta get back to lettering some more vampire pages.