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You Can Sell Your Creation

If there’s one thing I have always hated to do, it is to sell – anything. It doesn’t matter what. The odd thing about it is that I have had been successful doing just that. When my husband and I owned a small weekly newspaper years ago, we came to a point where we had to make more revenue or sink. It was discouraging because we had worked so hard at trying to make the paper and the business a success. One day I decided I would go through all the other newspapers in the area, and then call the companies who advertised and see if they would run their ads with our paper. This action took all my nerve, and every time I had to do it, I got stomach cramps. But despite how much I dreaded that task, I was very successful at it, which showed me with the right impetus, anyone can sell themselves.

I’m telling you all this to explain my elation last week. Genilee and I meet once a week to talk about the book and the latest discussions have centered on how to get Twist of Fate before more audiences. After our first successful book signing at Victoria Park, we decided we should definitely try to find more places to hold signings. Since she was very busy with her full-time work, it was up to me to tackle the job. The old stomach cramps returned for just a short while!
Everyone I approached, however, was extremely nice. And somehow luck was really with me that day. I chose to approach the library near my home, and it happened to be the very day the librarian was going to a meeting of all the county librarians; a meeting where the librarians presented their lists of books they wanted the library association to purchase. This particular librarian took our book (Twist of Fate), as well as my youngest daughter’s children’s book (The Pea in Peanut Butter). And if that wasn’t good enough luck, another librarian who handles various reading clubs was there, and she had promised her mystery reading group that she would try to find an author to come to a spring meeting of the club. We were chosen right on the spot!

To top the day off, I secured another book signing at a retirement community the same day. It just goes to show you, folks, that if you believe in your book and you keep on trying, you’re going to be a success! Keep writing friends and keep selling your books!
F. Sharon Swope

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Great Beginnings!!

best mom meMom and I want to personally thank Victoria Park and its residents for the support shown at our first book signing. We had many viaitors and buyers for our book and the first book by published children’s author Allyn Stotz. Many of the residents then sat in the recreation room with us and kept us company and read our book while they shared the homemade cookies my brother Mark and my daughter Christina made for the event.other action resident

We appreciate not only your financial support but the time you took to encourage us, tell us how proud you are of your fellow resident and the effort to keep these first-time authors entertained! It was well worth a few cookies!!good action residents

F. Sharon Swope and Genilee Swope Parente

And mom adds:

Our first book signing is over, and we deem it a great success – we sold 18 books of “Twist of Fate” and 5 books written by the youngest Swope daughter (Allyn Stotz – The Pea in Peanut Butter). We learned a few things while doing this first book signing. First, don’t get in a stew if the books haven’t arrived as soon as you expected them. Because of the holidays, ours finally arrived the Friday before our book signing on Monday morning. Our thanks go to Spectacle, our publisher for pushing to get them here in time. We had decided to go ahead with the signing even if the books didn’t arrive – just take orders. But the books came, and our worry was all for naught.
Second, put a piece of cardboard between receipt slips. This we didn’t do, and the receipts are almost impossible to read as the pen went through to the next row of receipts. It’s a mess, to say the least. Still, two minor hiccups in a major success don’t mean much!
We want to thank all who came and shared our big day with us, as well as our wonderful publisher and the marketing team, and Victoria Park for hosting the signing. We’re ready to go at it again!

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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