After two days at the Johnson County Fair I can honestly say I’ve had the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. Book sales have not been what I’d hoped them to be, but the experience in meeting some of these wonderful people certainly helps make up for it.
For example, two young ladies stopped by the booth. One of them is herself an aspiring writer. I got a chance to hear about a story she’s working which sounds very exciting. She did purchase a book, but more importantly, I hope I was able to encourage her to continue writing.
A second example was when another young lady and her family stopped by. I introduced her to Chel & Riley and I immediately knew something was different but I couldn’t put my finger on it. After my booth partner started talking about his book it was then that I realized the mom was deaf and the daughter was translating for her. That moment was very special because I saw in that little girl’s eyes a love for her mom. She was extremely patient with us in communicating our stories to her mother and we hope to see them back later this week.
I also got to meet some old friends, Warner & Tiffany, Craig & Virginia, Daryl, and Chad. I hope to see more of you this week. I’d love to say “Hi” and see how you’re doing.
Until next time,
I must say that I’m getting very excited about the Johnson County Fair, July 17-23. This will be my first fair promotion which I hope allows me to introduce my writing to a slew of new readers. Marketing materials have been ordered: two-sided bookmarks, business cards and a 2 x 6 foot banner. I have a reasonable supply of books to sign, but I can’t help but second guess if it is enough. I’m sure my book sales consultant would tell me to order more, but there’s always the website. We are still working on final pricing and promotions. If you’re in the area, stop by. I’ll be in the booth every afternoon and evening till close. Kathryn — my creative consultant and all around inspiration — will be there in the mornings when she isn’t at basketball camp.
If you won’t be able to stop by, please tell someone you know — preferably someone who enjoys reading — in the Franklin / Johnson County area to come say “Hi” for you.
With all this focus on the fair, progress on book three has been slow. Chapter six is finally complete and it ended up at nearly 6,500 words, which is one of the largest chapters I’ve written to date. There is just a lot of ground to cover, but maybe I can find a way during revisions to reduce it some. I’ve been listening to my readers and critics and I’m trying to add more details to each scene and still not bog the story down.
I’m starting Chapter 7 today, and hopefully I will be able to get into a groove over the next couple of weeks and start cranking out some serious . . . insert appropriate synonym for words. It won’t be long before I’ll have to start thinking about cover designs. I’ve also considered including some lead-in artwork on each chapter. That will probably happen if I have enough content, but that’s going to have to come from outside of these fingers as I cannot hardly draw a straight line with a ruler.
I look forward to seeing some of you soon. Until then, keep reading and keep dreaming.