I recently returned from the International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis, my first trade show representing my book imprint: Henry and George Press and my four books.
I participated in two presentations to retailers, giving a 3 minute speech each time, which was a little scary. Luckily, my sis-in-law Heidi flew in from Florida to lend her amazing support. She was truly a blessing.
Yes, I was right there with the big guys, like Harper Collins.
But best of all were the other indie-authors I met. Actually all the authors I met were wonderfully friendly and encouraging. We make quite the fraternity.
But the show would have been empty without the incredible booksellers who visited my booth and were so kind to accept my books. I enjoyed speaking with everyone.
Over the course of two days, I gave away 1,200 copies of my books...yes, I handed each one out individually!
I also gave away 10 dozen of my triple chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
I hope my books are enjoyed as much as the cookies were.
It was an incredible opportunity and I'm very grateful I had the chance to attend.