Giving craft markets a go [for writers]

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I recently attended a couple of local markets, and have a whole lot more lined up.

There are a few reasons I’m giving local markets a go. Firstly, I’ve found that the best way to find out if something works is to give it a go (and even if it doesn’t work, I always learn something, so there’s nothing lost except time). Secondly, I know events are good for book sales, as demonstrated by my launch parties, and finally, I get to meet people and talk with them about writing, creativity and other awesomeness 🙂

Of course, I must credit fellow author Robyn P Murray, who sells her children’s books and short stories at the Mangere Bridge Village Market and introduced me to the option of local markets and fairs. Thanks, Robyn!

I’ve ordered (and received) a banner, I have a folding table ready to go with a tablecloth to fit, and have just about finished cutting the bookmarks.

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And in usual style, I turned to the internet to help me out with dos and don’ts and general advice for direct selling your book… and could hardly find anything! There were plenty of webinars and articles about internet marketing and selling eBooks, but finding information about selling print books in person turned up almost empty.

It was then that I stumbled across this wonderful webinar from Self Pub 101. They not only had thorough information and first-hand experience, but gave some resources to and answered my question as to why there wasn’t much info out there – most authors simply didn’t want to put the time, energy or money (all of which are often in low supply) into something that may or may not work.

They also reminded me of this brilliant quote from Jerry Rice:

Today I will do what others won't, so

So I’m stealing energy from somewhere, scrambling for coins and making the most of Saturday mornings to give markets a go, and you can see from my list of upcoming events that I’m doing more than just testing the waters. Wish me luck!

Writers, are craft markets and events something you’d like to do more of?

Readers, would you like meeting local authors at local craft fairs?

Comment below 🙂

2 Responses to “Giving craft markets a go [for writers]

  • Good information Zee and it was a pleasure to introduce you to the idea of selling at Markets. It is a great way to be known and I now ‘part of the furniture’ at Mangere Bridge Boutique Market. Like you I am trying other markets and events. I learned very early in my career as independent writer and publisher that building relationships and meeting people rather than phone calls and emails (although they work too) A great website helps and although I haven’t managed to have a regular Blog Zee certainly has lots of excellent information. Well done. As long as you remember you will have good days where you sell lots and some days when you sell one or two or occasionally none! However I have always met fantastically interesting people. So read Zee’s blogs, do your local research about markets, smile, have fun and promote and sell your books.

    • Z.R. Southcombe
      2 years ago

      Thanks for the info and advice (and I thought I’d sucked your brain dry of information!) – but most importantly for the extra push of motivation to get out there 🙂

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