Blogs by Marge B. Fulton
Despite the Black Ice
12/5/2008 3:35:28 AM
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Bookselling in Appalachia
On the scanner last night one of the cops said he almost busted his behind in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Black ice coats this area. I am wondering how many will show up at the second day of the Holiday Bazaar at our local library.
Yesterday we had a fair turn out. There were ten vendors with everything from homemade baskets to buckeyes and quilted or embroidered items. One couple sold hand decorated vintage milk cans and tea kettles. A retired teacher like myself performed magic with vintage Appalachian toys. I was thankful to be the only person selling mostly books. I was thankful as well to sell five books and one painting!
My customers ran the gamut. Once again, a therapist bought my book. So did a student and a local photographer. A professional buddy bought one and a complete stranger. Many, many people looked and said, "Are you gonna be here tomorrow?" Well, tomorrow is here and I may go in late due to the black ice. The question is will they be back?
When you stump around to sell your own book, it is so rewarding. Just telling others about why you wrote it or how they could publish a book themselves, is satisfying to say the least.
It has been a good week. I sold ten books on Wednesday, to a "country store" that actually does a thriving business. I'd say it is the best way for me to do business. I have twenty books on consignment in four places and with Christmas so near, I hope for the best. Here and there, I am making my dent.
One of my characters is named "Dent", a name I thought I had invented. I found out at a booksale that a local lawyer's father is also named Dent. Now, how do you find out things like that if you don't circulate and hawk your book? I have sent one to Oprah... maybe her successor will call. It seems that many people investigate my book on the AD Autographed bookstore. I have given ALL ROADS LEAD TO HAZARD, a killer price on there! Be good to yourself and buy this debut collection!
If you want one for Christmas, order soon as I will surely run out of these at the house and it takes about two weeks to get more books! I am working on my second collection of contemporary Appalachian short stories and this one will involve fantasy and horror. My first book is destined to become a classic. A college has invited me to come speak in the Spring! It is a wonderland out there and in here as well.
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Chew the Fat - Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Alphabet Blog - Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A Mountain of Praise - Friday, December 19, 2008
Despite the Black Ice - Friday, December 05, 2008
A Book in the Hand is Worth Millions! - Thursday, November 13, 2008
WKCB Interview - Sunday, November 09, 2008
Book Sales in a Small Town - Friday, November 07, 2008
How Do You Like Dem Apples? - Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Holy Smoke! - Monday, November 03, 2008
The Deep Blue Sea - Friday, October 31, 2008
Glimmer in Appalachia - Saturday, October 11, 2008
Floody-Floody - Wednesday, October 08, 2008
You Betcha! - Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Feast of the Mind - Saturday, October 04, 2008
Legos and Life in America - Thursday, October 02, 2008
Main Street Revisited - Monday, September 29, 2008
A Rebel With a Cause - Sunday, September 28, 2008
More and More Credits - Friday, September 26, 2008
Evocative T-Shirts - Thursday, September 25, 2008
Lighting My Fires - Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Writing is Like Apples - Tuesday, September 23, 2008
On Making a Book Trailer - Sunday, September 21, 2008
A Tap on the Back - Friday, September 19, 2008
September is that Magic Wand - Thursday, September 18, 2008
Thoughts from a Coal Town - Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Boss Hogg in America - Monday, September 15, 2008
Safe from Storms - Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Invisible Forces of Nature - Friday, September 12, 2008
Buying the Farm - Wednesday, September 10, 2008
My Subject Becomes Palin - Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Stimulus Check - Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Overnight Trip - Sunday, September 07, 2008
It Pays to Have a Dog - Friday, September 05, 2008
Crazy Quilt - Friday, September 05, 2008
Drill, drill, drill! - Thursday, September 04, 2008
Head in a Box - Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Greasy Beans - Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Under the Grip of Gustav - Monday, September 01, 2008
Too Many Meatballs - Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Up and Up - Thursday, August 28, 2008
Trees Turning Too Soon - Monday, August 25, 2008
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