There’s a Tori happening next week…a Finnish market.
As my books are set in Finland AD 1019, I have rented a table to try to sell some books next Sunday.
I had some good sales last time I went in 2014 and now there is Book the Second: DAGGER available so…with a super quiet weekend at the hotel, I, at my lovely Bride’s urging, will attend and put on my salesman’s hat.
We had a fun time at the last Tori and this one has 2 things that make it fun:
- It is coupled with an antique Car Show and
- It is being held at Saima Park which is where we held our wedding reception almost 26 years ago!
Anyone in the mid-Massachusetts area come on by to say hello! (If you do stop by, you will be subjected to my sales pitch…fair warning!)
Also, I am looking for other gatherings along these lines to sell & sign books and get sales moving. I don’t do enough of these events so if anyone hears of things through the winter in the Mass/New Hampshire area please let me know!
Due to everyone’s support, Huntsman is #9 in the Kindle Historic Fantasy section under Top 100 Free e-books!
If you go a step more specific into Historic Fantasy/ Myths & Legends/Norse & Viking Huntsman is #6!
Many thanks to everyone who has shared my news to family & friends. Having their books seen by as many people as possible is crucial to self-published authors. That and getting James Earl Jones to call back about reading the Audio Book for me…he’s so darn busy!
HUNTSMAN is still available at no cost all day today. December 9th. All reviews of Huntsman are valued, btw. If you have downloaded and liked what you have read, please let me know what you think!
DAGGER has gone on-line early. Book 2 in The Hunted Mage Trilogy.
DAGGER for Paperback is available from Createspace which is a division of Amazon. If you’d like a Book instead of an e-book, THIS is the link you want!
DAGGER for Amazon Kindle is available here!
DAGGER for Other styles is being distributed to Apple and Kobo via Smashwords also. Those may take some time. I will send word when I know when.
My plans went as I wanted but there is a glitch…
My files are still ‘in review’. I not sure what that means fully or how they review. Is it people or computer ‘reviewing’ my files?
I sorta feel like this:
I just don’t remember Huntsman taking this long to review. Continue reading Well, this hasn’t gone the way I envisioned…
FinnFunn was, by far, the most successful book-selling adventure I have undertaken!
My first whirlwind sale was to Katrina & Steve at the table next door. They roast coffee…for Finns…there really should have been caution signs around their booth. Coffee roasted specially for Finns is a dangerously strong product.
In all, largely in part to my Lovely Bride, who seemed to grow is size and enthusiasm as she absorbed Sisu from the air around her, (think of Gandalf seeming to expand when Bilbo lied to him at the beginning of Fellowship of the Ring…only she’s way hotter than Sir Ian McKellan and less scary…sometimes…) we sold 14 copies of HUNTSMAN!
FOURTEEN?! Pardon my ‘all caps’ gaffe there but I am still completely stunned.
People asked if I would sign their copies and I said: “Absolutely! When I am bigger than Stephen King you’ll make a killing on E-bay with this!” (Wait…I live too close to him. Sorry Mr. King!)
Oh, and this promo code is still good: PZFYFKZY for $2.00 off the Createspace eStore paperback.
So, here’s a whirlwind book tour for me. My wife found out about FinnFunn Weekend sponsored by Finlandia Foundation National.
They are hosting a Finnish Marketplace (Tori) on Saturday morning. Handcrafted hats and scarfs, baked goods, displays of Finnish heritage etc. I will sell copies of HUNTSMAN there.
Here is the website: Finnish Tori and a page of vendors for the event. (My info is towards the bottom since I am a late addition scrambling to get it going.)
We discovered the event from my sister-in-law Elisa Lomme who will be selling paintings and baked goods at her table across the way! (She’s gots da painting skills, but no website yet. So you’ll have to attend the Tori and start a bidding war!)
Initial contact with the event coordinators found that things were full at the site, but since two of the planners enjoy books…I got a follow-up email saying that they tweaked the floor plan a bit to make some room for me!
Here are directions to the Troy Elementary School where the Tori will take place from 9am to 2:30pm.
My wife is teaching me how to say “Christmas is coming. Are you ready? Buy my book!” in Finnish!
Come on by!
While the goal at Saturday’s Local Author’s Book Fair was to sell books…I don’t think too many of us did. But that’s okay!
Conversations I had with fellow authors were fantastic: One lives in the extremely rural Maine town I lived next to for many years (unless you’ve lived there you’ve probably never heard of it). One is newly self-published and too shy to talk up her new ‘baby’.
Another sent me to a site of New Hampshire based anthologies in different genres that I plan to look into…
One author manned her table and set-up half for one of our number who currently fights a serious illness and could not attend so she would still have opportunity to sell some copies.
Several expressed an interest in banding together to try again…
It is a lonely profession, writing…but we share many common struggles and each time we join forces it makes us mighty.
Keep watching…Northern New Hampshire Authors are going to be a Thing!
“So much time…so little to do!…Wait a minute…strike that!…Reverse it. Thank you!” ~Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka~
In a quest for a local writers group here in the North Conway area, I attended a meeting at the Conway public Library.
They are holding a Book Fair on December 14th from 11am to 2 pm to promote local authors.
I heard about it from my friend and fellow local author June O’Donal, creator of the Fryeburg Chronicles.
I will attend with copies of HUNTSMAN: Book One of the Hunted Mage Trilogy for sale and I am very excited for the chance to participate.
I am new to the group and I plan to blog more about the members in the future.
But wait, there’s more!
One member plans to promote the Book Fair on the local radio station here in the Mount Washington Vally. WMWV 93.5 FM will air one of their Drive-Time interviews next week to talk about the Book Fair and interview one of the authors that will attend: Michael R. Wilson Author of HUNTSMAN.
Feeling kinda nervous! First time on the radio…Hope I don’t get stage fright and clam up…or freak out like Adrian Monk when Willie Nelson used his clarinet. Or even worse, get a violent attack of Tourette’s Syndrome. (I never have before, but if Bill Murray has taught me anything from ‘What About Bob?’ it’s this: no good comes from worrying about such things!)
I will provide links to the interview next week! Very exciting!