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For a first time author event, I must say that I did not do as bad as I thought I would. From borrowing one of my best friends’ car, I took a half-hour drive to the E. Hartford Public library with nothing but brochures, business cards, and huge poster. I felt like I was not even prepared to make it over there on time. This also goes without mentioning that I did not even have the books that I ordered last Friday, which showed up sometime later in the day.

Just the day before that, I picked up the vehicle and used the last $50 in gas to fill up the sucker (it was an SUV), and the weather was raining cats and dogs.

This was going to be a disaster for sure.

When I thought everything else would fail, (including the fact that I did not have anyone show up for my schedule) two people had appeared for my hour long talk. Fortunately, the announcement in the Reminder had been quite helpful. As I delivered my speech, there was at least a decent amount of one on one time to manage and create some interpersonal discussion about the New Testament’s basis for belief. The best part of it was that I had been trying to explain the Gospel to an elderly gentleman who did not buy into the Faith.

Though my aim was not to persuade or pressure non-Christians into converting, I felt quite blessed by delivering the message on Day One.

Regarding Day Two, I returned to the library more prepared than usual. I felt pretty confident with the books that I purchased from create space showing up on time along with the table cloth and candies, there would be someone who would take notice of the information I was offering.

Sure enough I was right.

Throughout the entire morning, I had at least twenty different people stop by at check out the information booth, grab a brochure, business card, or candy and four at least to stay during the course of the event. The best part of that whole speech was discussing Roman Catholicism with a Catholic Conservative. Unfortunately, she did not listen to the entire course of the conversation…for she showed up when I was ready to wrap up the conversation and only heard me say that I believe her church departed from the Scriptures.

Nevertheless, I managed to sell one book at the event and a few more hereafter. The best part was the fact that I had a few folks show up instead of no one.

So much for a first time event.




  1. Ty Johnston says:

    That’s not bad for a first time. I think it helped you had something of interest to talk about other than simply selling a book, which I think is a problem for some first-timers.

  2. Ty Johnston says:

    Oh, I think your subject matter would be perfect for Christmas, and for Easter.

  3. Ty Johnston says:

    I’ve got one on my Kindle. Not sure how soon I’ll be able to get to it, though. I’m in the middle of a massive epic fantasy novel at the moment, and I’m not the fastest of readers. Probably before the end of the year, at least.

  4. I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

    • haparker321 says:

      Well I try my best to do something like that because I run into a lot of people who really have no clue about what makes Self-Publishing and they think good writing is a subjective experience. I have to say that I honestly disagree.

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