Thankfully, my books arrived on Friday lunchtime, just in time for my book signing on Saturday. So many thanks to Clare and the team at Direct POD for pulling that off for me! It's amazing how much room one hundred books take up; that's just a few of the boxes in the picture. But the beauty of print on demand is that I can order as many more as I want. I'm really glad that I didn't order 1,ooo! I don't know where I would have put them!
The book signing went very well yesterday. I sold quite a few in the beautiful barn where the farmers' market is held, and I got some leads where I might sell more which I'm going to follow up. I also got some ideas, e.g. make some notices with 'Book Signing Today' 'Local Author' and the price, '£7.99', because they answer lots of questions! Also, Direct POD sent me some posters and postcards, blank on the back for me to fill in. I thought that I could do it as I went along, but I didn't have the time, so I've printed the short description of my book that I wrote for Smashwords on the back with my blog and email details. Prospective customers can therefore pick them up to see what the book is about. I did distribute some on the tables laid for tea and cakes, but I think they would have been better with more information.
The stall beside me was the WI tea and cakes stall and I was desperate for the coffee and walnut cake which was gradually disappearing, slice by slice, beside me. I couldn't have any because I'd have got sticky hands, so I've made some little coffee cakes for tea today!
I've been checking my progress on Amazon. Today, I'm number 11,975 in the Amazon best sellers ranking, not bad considering I started at about 88,000!!!