Wednesday, March 28, 2012

47th Annual FIHA Powwow

My first powwow was a smashing success, if I do say so myself. The event ran from March 23rd to the 25th, but we all know that Saturday is where it's at. I had a fantastic time not only selling books and networking, but also being a part of the event as a whole. Watching the dances and seeing so many men and women walking around in their regalia was incredible to me. It felt like home.

It was also a unique experience selling to people who all were there because they loved the Native American culture as a whole. So there was no attempting to appeal to people who don't give a flip, trying to convince them that they will love the story. It was natural.

I sold far more than I expected to, and even sold some books to another vendor for her to sell at her booth. If they do well, then she plans to order more. I also connected with a possible publisher. It amazes me that pretty much every other vendor there does this for a living, traveling from one powwow to the next across the country selling their crafts. What a life. I truly think I would be well-suited for such a life, and who knows, maybe one day I'll get to do the same on book tours.

Anyway, enjoy some pictures from the event:

The Booth

The Dances

The Tipis

Our Treasures

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Feeling Like a Professional

I think I am ready to rock the powwow at the end of the month. As I said before, I learned a lot from the Amelia Island event, and have put together the marketing materials I'm sure will make my booth look awesome. Rack cards, business cards, posters - you name it, I've been working on getting it.

In between editing The Sour Orange Derby and working on Book 3 in The Whisper Legacy, I've been putting together everything I need to make my booth stand out. It makes me feel more professional, having all these materials (most of which were made through Vistaprint). Today I got the last of my booth stuff, so all I need to do now is get a tent for camping out at the powwow.

My awesome marketing materials:

Business cards:

Rack cards (front and back):


Table stuff:

(holder for rack cards, sturdier holders for both books, and a wooden bowl for business cards)

And this nifty cart for carrying everything:

(currently holding all 3 racks, business cards, rack cards, notebook, table decor, lesson plans and press releases, 2 baskets, and candy to put in those baskets to draw people over to my booth)

I have an easel I might use for the big poster. The smaller one I'll probably try to tape to the table or something. Maybe I need a rack/stand for that one too. It mostly depends on how big my table is.

So, I think I'm ready to sell some books. March 24th is almost here!