Have you ever sold books at a Craft Show? How'd it go? I have at our local library and at the Optimist Club. The Craft Shows are fundraisers for the organizations, so the money goes for a good cause. I've had a booth the past couple of years. I don't sell a lot of books, but meeting the kids is priceless.
First, my teen books don't sell. Teens seldom attend these shows. So, my target market is the moms and dads of young children. I only have three picture books, but they are my best sellers.
I also give little trinkets away. Kids may not notice the books so much, but they like the finger puppets, and they don't even have to purchase a book to get one. The puppets are freebies, and more often than not, the parent will buy Frankie's Perfect Home. I have a large armadillo puppet that greets the parents and children as they pass my table. Most of them stop. At least for the freebie.
The show was fun. I made a little money. The best thing is I made some new friends.
Frankie says "Hi!"
A lot of the kids have never seen a live armadillo. Have you? We have them in our pasture. They're weird little animals.
One more thing is on my mind. I've been very fortunate to have wonderful publishers that believed in my work. I don't talk about my own stories often, but I just have to share recent happenings with you.
STAR OF THE TEAM, my MG contemporary story, won Gold in the 2015 Children's Literary Classics Awards, Fiction Preteen Category. Thanks to my granddaughter and her friends, the inspiration for this story.
I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE, another MG contemporary story, won Silver in the 2015 Children's Literary Classics Awards, General Preteen Category. Thanks to a little voice that whispered his story in my ear.
Now, I'll crawl back to my computer and get busy.