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Good reminder on having cash for change - I'll add that to the list of things to be sure to do.  Extra pens, too.

My initial thought for # of books was 40-50 of the first book, 30 of the second, 20 of the third, and 5-10 of the latter books in my series.  I just didn't know if that was too much or not enough.

OK, long title, but basically that's my question.

I've signed up for a booth (I get a 10x10 space with 2 tables and a tent) at the annual Clarendon Day festival in Arlington, VA.  From part experience, it's very crowded all day long (the website claims 30,000 visitors over the course of the day, which seems about right based on how busy it was last year).

I've got a spiffy 3x6 foot banner to hang on my tent, I've got my credit card reader ready to go, several hundred bookmarks to give away, flyers, etc.

My question, for anyone who's done something like this, is: how many books should I have on hand?  I don't have the slightest idea what to expect as far as actual customers or interest, so I don't know wherher I need to have 50 copies of my books to sell, or 500.   I don't want to run out of stock and turn away willing readers, but I don't want to spend several hundred dollars ordering books that I'll have to drag back home (and aside from the cost, I don't have anyplace to store several boxes worth of unsold books). 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: August 26, 2015, 05:42:38 am »
Thanks for posting - I've been getting decent traffic on these posts, so hopefully you'll get a new reader or two out of it!

Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: August 26, 2015, 02:52:10 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday's post is up.  Please stop by and tell us about your books in the comments (and readers, discover great new authors there!)
This week's topic is research: what's the strangest thing you had to research for one of your books?

Writers' Cafe / Promo op - Welcome Wednesdays
« on: August 19, 2015, 06:51:36 am »
I've got my Weekly Wednesday post up at my website.  Come on over and talk about your book(s) if you're an author, or discover some great new authors if you're a reader.  Or, obviously, if you're both, you can do both!

 Today, I'm asking authors to share their favorite one or two sentences from their book.  It'll be fun, so hop on over!

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Thanks yo BookBub...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Lessons learned from Fantastic Four
« on: August 09, 2015, 10:37:48 am »
I haven't seen it yet, but I hear it's a hot mess, for lots of reasons.

Well, "rushed into production to keep the rights from reverting to the original holder" pretty much guarantees a terrible movie.

Writers' Cafe / Weekly promo op at my website
« on: August 05, 2015, 04:37:14 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesdays feature is up at my website.  Stop by, and if you're an author, tell the world about your book and what kind of movie or TV show it ought to be turned into.  And if you're a reader, discover some great new authors!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone tried the Freebooksy Series Post?
« on: August 03, 2015, 09:44:16 am »
I didn't get any kind of good return on mine.

Writers' Cafe / Promo Op - New Weekly Feature at my website
« on: July 29, 2015, 05:10:11 am »
For the last three weeks, I've been running a new feature at my blog every Wednesday - "Welcome Wednesdays."

Just click over, and post in the comments about one of your books or series, and respond to the weekly topic.  Today it's all about supporting/secondary characters.  So after you briefly describe your book, tell the world about one of your favorite supporting characters - how did you create them, what do they bring to the story, who'd play them in a movie, anything you want to share about them.  And be sure to include a link to your book so folks can check it out and hopefully buy it!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Time travel
« on: July 23, 2015, 06:38:41 am »
Check out the Big Finish Doctor Who audios. Baker plays the character as he intended. And all the better for it.

God, yes!

If you do nothing else, listen to "Doctor Who and the Pirates".  You'll thank me.  I promise.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Time travel
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:02:51 am »
I don't thing Doctor Who has ever adequately described how time travel works. Only that you need a star sized power source to run it. (The Eye of Harmony).

How isn't a big thing. But having a consistent explanation of the theory of time you will be working with, is essential.

That's an area Doctor Who does pretty well, which is why it hangs together, and continues to work.

I'll bow to no one in my love for Doctor Who, but I have to disagree pretty strongly with this.  If there's a consistent explanation of the theory of time on DW, I must have missed it.

Sometimes you can change the past.  Sometimes you can't.  Some events are fixed points in time, except when they're not.  You can cross into your own timeline and change your personal past, except when you can't, but sometimes when you can't, it turns out you can do it anyway.  You can meet your past or future self with no problem, except sometimes if you meet your past or future self you might cause a massive paradox and destroy the universe.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are other guys drawn to women?
« on: July 18, 2015, 02:54:00 am »
I love reading strong male and female protagonists--in several genres. So that isn't as surprising.

But, I meant that when I work on story ideas, I always go right to thinking first of the primary protagonist as a female.

I do, too.  I 've been in a group that plays tabletop RPGs for 15+ years, and almost all the characters I've played have been female as well.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Time travel
« on: July 17, 2015, 04:47:48 pm »
Do I need to change Doc Brown into a vampire to make it mainstream?
What are your thoughts?

That certainly wouldn't a different spin on Back to the Future, wouldn't it?  If Doc Brown is a vampire, I guess Marty would be his Renfield?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Genres you just don't "get".
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:50:52 am »
One sub-genre I don't get (and absolutely don't get the current popularity of, probably more in TV/movies than in books, I guess) is zombies.

There are plenty of genres/sub-genres that I don't personally enjoy, but I can totally see the appeal (just like I can understand why some people love mushrooms while I find them gross).  But zombies...I just don't see it, on any level.  Certainly not at the height of popularity they're enjoying now.

Writers' Cafe / Hackers from Argentina
« on: July 12, 2015, 09:02:11 am »
Just a heads-up to folks. 

I installed the WordFence plugin on my self-hosted WordPress blog, and one of the things it does is let me know every time someone tries to sign in to the admin page of the blog.  And ever since, I get a warning every day or two that someone from Argentina was locked out of accessing the admin page after exhausting their 5 tries with a wrong password (there've also been a couple of attempts from Ukraine).  I've changed my password, and I'm looking at other things I can do to keep these people out of my hair.

Keep your eyes open - if they're trying to hack into my site that gets 30-50 hits a day, they're probably trying to get into your sites, too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audio Book is happening for my series!
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:32:52 am »
One thing about setting dates that I forgot...

If your book qualifies for a stipend from ACX, it MUST be completed within 60 days of signing the agreement to produce it, or the narrator doesn't get paid for the stipend.  So that's something to keep in mind, too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audio Book is happening for my series!
« on: July 08, 2015, 06:44:03 am »
For my books I've done on ACX, I set the dates to be very conservative.  I think for my last book, working from the date we approved the contract, I gave 2 weeks to produce the first 15 minutes, and then 8 weeks for the completed book.  It ended up going a lot more quickly, but I wanted to give my narrator plenty of time and leeway (I know she's working on other projects, too, and she's got an offline life of her own, and unexpected stuff can happen).

I definitely think it's a good idea to include your narrator in your newsletter and social media when talking about the audios.  And even if she wants to work from a PDF of the book, sending her a signed copy of the paperback as a thank-you is a nice gesture.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Good Post by Hugh Howey on Subscription Models
« on: July 05, 2015, 05:58:50 am »
On a related note, I want to own my software, as in pay for it once and use it as long as I want to. I don't want to be forced to pay an annual subscription fee for Word or Adobe, and I want to own the programs, not have them detached in the cloud where they could be taken away from me if I'm late paying my subscription fee.

Or made unavailable for any number of other reasons (and this applies to entertainment, too).  When you physically own something, nobody can take it away from you or alter it.  If the rights-holder decides to pull a movie or TV series from Netflix (or a book from KU), you no longer have access to it.  If Adobe decides to remove an existing version of a program from their cloud service and replace it with a newer version that happens to be missing a feature you need to use, you're out of luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Good Post by Hugh Howey on Subscription Models
« on: July 04, 2015, 06:26:30 pm »
Hugh, I love this:

"Is Amazon paying too little for borrows? I can't see it. My fear is that they'll pay so much that all of this will collapse, and we'll lose another outlet to readers, who are consumers, who are getting used to consuming their entertainment in brand new ways. Ways that publishers don't seem to understand and that authors don't seem very comfortable with. Nobody wants to own anything anymore. And if you're the exception, then you're the exception."

Well, I'm an exception, then.  This paragraph might as we'll be written in Greek. Or Martian.  I simply can't get my mind around the idea of borrowing/renting all my entertainment and not owning it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Recommendation for Customized USB Drives?
« on: July 01, 2015, 07:55:27 am »

Writers' Cafe / Recommendation for Customized USB Drives?
« on: July 01, 2015, 07:03:58 am »
Can anyone recommend a vendor for ordering customized (printed with my logo/web address/etc) USB flash drives?  I'm thinking of ordering some to use as giveaways and promo items.

My idea is to use 1 or 2 GB drives, preload them with (some of) my books in ebook format (including multiple file formats for each book), maybe mp3 files of samples from the audiobooks, etc.  I figure there's both the initial bonus of being able to give away ebooks on the spot, and also giving away a useful item where the recipient will hopefully be reminded of me and my books every time they use the flash drive.

So I just need to figure out where to order them from.  Anybody else do something like this and feel good about their vendor?  Thanks!

The problem with companies and organizations that wholeheartedly adopt the Kaizen philosophy is that it often leads to changes being made just for the sake of change, often resulting in an actual degrading of a service or feature.

This x 1,000. 

I have no idea how, or if, the changes to the review system will affect my sales or ratings.  But I've seen the philosophy of "changes for the sake of change" do tremendous harm at places I've worked.  I've seen plenty of systems and procedures and products that worked perfectly well, get deliberately broken in the name of "CHANGE!"  And almost inevitably, things were worse afterwards, for customers, for employees and for the bottom line.

Writers' Cafe / Re: minor characters
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:11:56 pm »
Since my characters live in a small town where presumably everyone knows everyone else, I usually drop a name for the extras, but not always. And if they go back to the same shop/restaurant/doctor whatever, it's always the same people.

But just saying "the waitress" or "the doctor" seems totally fine as well, as that's how we view the extras in our own lives, right?

Unless it's a character trait of your MC to make a point of calling people by their names, even if they are basically extras.  That tells you something about the MC, and how they view the world.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Criminal Law question
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:49:46 am »
Thanks, Kim!

Small world - my cousin got her law degree from Pace in 1994.

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