Well, okay, that sounded negative. Let me phrase it differently: today was spectacular, except for the part where I sold zero books.
Zero. None. Bupkis. Nada. Less than one. No books sold.
I did not drive here to sell no books.
I have entertaining stories. I’m going to wait to tell at least one of them until I’m no longer in Indianapolis. But a combination of a number of things appear to have killed me:
- It’s the first day of a three-day con. I suspect that most of the folk who were at the con today have three-day passes. They were, therefore, sitting on their wallets.
- I’m a complete unknown, and my work does not immediately scan as relevant to any particular fandom (for these purposes, science fiction is not a “fandom.”)
…actually, those are the only two things. Now: for whatever it’s worth, I was keeping a very close eye on all the other vendors around me and everybody was selling shit today. The Star Trek cosplayers two booths down made one sale that I saw. The Dr. Who guy next to me made one sale– to a group of Dr. Who fanatics. The author to my right made three, but she’s been coming here for years, hugged every person who came to her booth, because she knew all of them already, and made most of her sales to people who began their conversation with the words “Do you have anything new this year?”
So…no sales, but I’m not sweating it. I talked to a lot of people, and had a bunch of them pick my books up and take long looks at them. I’m certain tomorrow will be better. If it isn’t I will cry. Forever.
(This isn’t me giving myself a pep talk. This is objective truth. Timothy Zahn is here. He looked bored to death every time I walked past him, and he didn’t seem to be selling much either. If Timothy fuckin’ Zahn isn’t moving a lot of books, I’m not gonna do better.)
One other thing I underestimated: InConJunction is seriously a community. The vendors all know each other, and even Dr. Who guy, who was at this con for the first time, had a mess of folks coming up to him and asking him if he’d been at other recent cons– he’s been on tour for a while and has been hitting bunches of them. The lady next to me has been coming for years and appeared to be making sales to people she knew. So it’s not just that I suck.
But tomorrow could still stand to go better. 🙂