Tuesday, January 13, 2009
HEATHER HIESTAND/ANH LEOD
Currently: Working on the third book in my (Anh Leod) Cherokee series, "Story-of-the-ever-changing-name" - also celebrating the print release of my (Heather Hiestand) first contemporary romance, Cards Never Lie, at Amazon! Search for "Cards Never Lie" at Amazon and I pop up! Yeah!
Mood: Torn...when you have very little energy, is it even harder to work on commercial projects vs. book of your heart projects? When do you draw the line between getting nothing much done or getting a little more done but nothing that's going to pay actual money?
Heather's Signing Experience - a cautionary tale?
I don't have much experience with book signings. Being small press and mostly e-press at that, book signings are an exercise in frustration. My first book signing (which was for my second print anthology a couple years ago) was a huge production. I literally drove four plus hours through a bad storm to get to the store, and they had lost the two copies of my book that they had purchased. Yes, this was a major chain. I had to sit there and smile for hours like my heart wasn't breaking. The worst was my friends and family who came to support me but I had nothing to sell them. They weren't going to go home and buy the book off the Internet later either. The storm was so bad that most of the area had no power and there was no gas in the stations until I got close to home. So, I didn't want to try that again any time soon.
Since then I've done booksignings with my own copies of my books, hampered by an inability to take credit cards, and one booksigning for others where I didn't even know I'd be signing until I saw my books. I also had an interesting experience where I sat next to a new male author who already had actual groupies. That was unnerving and and brings up an entirely different topic on why male writers get so much more respect than female authors. All in all, I believe the best I've ever done in signings is about five sales. I usually sell two copies.
When you are small or e-press, you know you have to hand sell most copies of your books (unless it's erotic romance) and you have to decide if your psyche, pocketbook and time management is up to the task of public signings. I'm really impressed with those who make it work, but I'm an introvert at heart and usually too poor to spend money on signings. No Virginia, book signings aren't free. Transportation, promo materials, chocolate etc. don't fall off trees, much less conferences and hotel rooms.
Enough honesty for one day, I'm off to fantasize about hot mythological men!