This past weekend I published Breakfast in Bimini, and had a booth at the West Palm Beach Boat Show. I ordered twenty paperbacks and designed bookmarks for distribution during the event. A few days prior to the show, I learned the books weren’t scheduled for delivery until the following week, and the printer didn’t get my final email approving the promo handouts. To top off this wonderful day, my computer was hacked and a virus took over. After many hours troubleshooting, I reverted back to a previous version of Windows 8.
The night prior to the show opening, both the books and bookmarks arrived at my door. Luck switched in my favor. I went strong for two days, selling some books and passing out plenty of info on my novel and website. I received a mention on our local county station who also re-tweeted my book signing booth photo and links. I met plenty of valuable contacts, but received dubious stares from others. I always smiled and invited them to take my card. The third day, I took a more relaxed approach, disappearing from my booth a bit more than desirable.
“You’re a bad exhibitor,” the show promoter said at my lack of presence on the final day.
This promoter also happened to be my husband, so I took it with a grain of salt.
“I have a better understanding of what exhibitors go through,” I admitted. “The ups and downs of a three-day show. Slow at times, busy at others. And dealing with people all day. Some are super nice, some what to chat too long, and others just simply ignored me when I greeted them.”
My book is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback and also on my website sierramichaels.com
Breakfast In Bimini shows up immediately during a search as the only book followed by products offered for breakfast in a bikini. These are mostly detox products. I had to laugh.