On Friday as an author I attended a book signing at Washington Street Books as part of Havre de Grace’s monthly First Friday event. The festive December offering included a parade with visit from Santa. If he had elves with him they were not seen in the book store. And I suspect they might have been seen.
The turnout within the book store was dismal. Perhaps bad weather threats were responsible?
While I intrigued some by book covers, I scored a lofty zero sales and I suspect five fellow authors fared little better. Historical books seemed to garner much more interest then my suspense and sci-fi offerings.
I had better luck with Harford County’s Author an Artists Show in November. A local July book signing event I madly instigated in Havre de Grace ended up offering but two authors of the imaginative sci-fi/horror genres. However at least there were a few customers and meager sales.
Perhaps Havre de Grace just isn’t the place for such offerings – a fact I’ve always fearfully known. I have always been disappointed by the town’s disinterest outside of catering to visitors via shops, eateries and lodgings.
Educational offerings? I attended the area’s Harford Community College and was disappointed by what I considered a lack a creative courses. At the time there were no theater, film, or journalism courses. I did indulge myself with the school’s sole creative writing course. You can blame its results now as you read this.
There was no such thing as a technological/computer presence. Perhaps it was a result of the early 90’s time period? My attempts at book promotions seem generally confined to social media via twitter, facebook, and wordpress. None of these electronically ephemeral beasts do I really have and understanding of. Perhaps the good luck of a charmed corn would serve me well? Wish me luck if you will.