Modern writers need some sort of convention presence. I’ve seen enough of my favorite writers set up shop in such a way, though others keep themselves busy with appearances, if they’re lucky. Some writers set up a table and stack up books. Some go for different layouts, working with other writers to set up an area that looks more like a showroom than a simple table display.
Everyone has different ways to go about it, but the important thing is to make a good show, spread the word, and sell some cool stuff.
For my initial display, I hope to set up an array of my written works, but also some of my artistic endeavors. After all, how many writers have art from their stories readily available?
Here’s a simple diagram of what I have planned for my initial table layout.
- Vitamin F in print. This is something I’ve been toying with. If I can pull it off, I think it could prove a big hit.
- Vitamin F postcards. It could be an autograph/marketing tool or a sale item. Not sure yet.
- A short story anthology. This could be stories from The Night Lands, it could some steampunk stuff, it might be both.
- Small print of the cover of #3. There has to be an affordable bit of merchandise that still seems worthwhile. This will be it.
- Binder showing my selection of available prints. This will be the catalog of what visual items are for sale.
- A collection of my art. Anotehr book, this one art-based. It may have some flash fiction as well.
- Marquee art piece. This isn’t merchandise, but a pure attention-getter. It’s also an easy piece to photograph with.
- Price list. People need to know what things cost. I don’t know prices yet, but having a place to easily refer to is good for all parties.
How far all these things go depends on a lot of factors, time being one of them. We’ll see how it all works out, but I’m glad I have this plan in place.