Book fairs and Arts and Craft shows are a great way to get out there and introduce your book to the world. Most authors do not like to go to events. I know of several really good writers that all they want to do is write the book and hope someone will discover them.
I try to tell them it just doesn't work that way. You have to promote your work somehow. They don't even use social media. I know that the world has changed and older people don't like and can't use all the technical stuff out there. I'm 68 and had to learn a lot. I'm one of the exceptions I guess in that I love to learn new things.
We had a wonderful speaker at one of the groups I belong to and helped to found ABCBooks4children&Adulta, Inc. our website is www.ABC-Artisansofbooks.com
The speaker was Dee Dee Scott, DD.Scott@live.com ,She was traditionally published and now is self publishing her books. She told us that even traditional houses are cutting back on the amount of publicity they do for their authors and the advances are getting smaller.
So authors have the choice to stay home and write their next great novel and wait to be discovered or get your butt out there and promote your book.
I love to go to events. I know I'm nuts. but I have made some wonderful connections with fabulous people. Marketing your books is not easy. It takes time and a bit of money. I'll give some ideas next week.
Living in Florida is fun. you have all summer to get that next book written, work on your social media and get ready for "SEASON" which runs from October to April. that's when the Snow Birds come down to the Sunshine state and spend their money at book fairs and arts and craft shows. I'm already booking myself for things in March of 2017.
Maybe we will meet at one of them. August 27 & 28, 2016 I'll be at Fiorelli's Winery in Bradenton FL. In my last book, Honey Tree Farm - For the Love of the Beekeeper's Daughter, two of my main characters got engaged and bought some wine to take home. I'll promote my book and see if they would like to carry it in their shop. They expect a couple hundred people so hopefully I'll sell a couple books. If you are in the area come out and just say hey!
From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding