So along I went and actually sold a couple of Badger’s Waddle and The Cookie Tin Collection.
It all seemed to have been pretty well organised. The fantasy Con people were friendly and the hotel was ok-ish (one of my friends had stayed overnight and reported hot water – which would have been good if it hadn’t been dripping from the ceiling light in his en suite!)
Our book launch wasn’t, I must admit, a tremendous success. Apparently there’d been a bit of a party at the hotel the night before (I guess that’s what conventions are all about, really) with a 4 AM bed-time, and our launch slot, being the first event the next morning was, inevitably, less than ideal. That, plus the fact that neither Paul (fellow launcher) nor I are household names, meant we kind of got bypassed as we sat at our little tables with piles of books and pens at the ready. Some folks did stop to say hi and chat a while, and to them I really am very grateful. Not all of you actually bought anything, but in these cash-strapped days I’m not surprised that you budgeted to purchase known brands, rather than try a taster of something new.
Anyhoo, I’d never done anything like that before but I’m glad I did. Would I go to another? Yes, I probably would, though I wouldn’t go for just the morning. For one thing the price of casual parking in Brighton is ridiculous – I was there for 3 hours and was charged a fee of £15.00 (fifteen pounds stirling) for the privilege! I’d also want to spend a bit more time getting to know some of the other visitors and soak in a bit more of the atmosphere, and maybe learn a thing or two from the old hands at the writing game.
So, worth going for the experience if not the sales. Maybe it’ll be better next time.