I spent Saturday at Vancouver Pagan Pride Day. No booth; I was just there as an attendee. I did bring 40 cards with codes on them for free downloads of Bellica. I figured I’d talk it up a bit and hand out the cards, maybe, sort of? I’m terrible at talking myself or my books up.
So when I first arrived I went and sat with my friends in the ATC-Canada booth and handed the copy of Bellica I’m donating to the Vancouver Island Pagan Pride silent auction to the auction coordinator. Many of my friends have read Bellica, and they are all great big fans of it. This isn’t just because they’re my friends; I make it a point to cultivate honest people in my life. They really do like the book.
I sat by Michele and Mary and chatted for a bit, relaxing — I was tired, because I’d been up early after little sleep, and it was a hot day. Made me want to catnap.
At some point the cards with codes on them came up and I showed them to my friends. Michele asked if I’d handed them out yet and I said no, I was just sitting and relaxing for a bit, and anyway I was kind of shy. Without missing a beat Michele stands up, grabs the cards and the copy of Bellica I’d brought, and starts canvassing the vendors. She talked up Bellica to everyone and even got people to come over and talk to me. It was super cool. I had my own one-person volunteer street team.
One person was interested in buying the paperback copy we had that day, and I ended up bartering with her because I wanted something she was selling. It was great. I love barter deals (that is, of product for product — I don’t do barter deals of time for product or time for time, because it almost always ends badly).
Yep, it’s a Kitchen Wand. Because I’m a kitchen witch, natch. I’m not doing much cooking these days but as soon as Ogre and I get a place together that’s going to change, and I’ll be using this wand daily. (Wands are for using, not for sitting pretty on a shelf.) It’s made of beechwood and is totally foodsafe. (If you want to know more about it, you can read the information on their site.)
This is why I love my fans so much. Michele’s work as my street team made my day at Pagan Pride thoroughly enjoyable, and allowed me to pick up something I wanted even though I didn’t have any cash. Mary talked up my book to anyone who came by the tent to say hello to me, and both of them agreed to be beta readers for Stranger Skies and The Jade Star of Athering. Since Saturday 2 codes have already been redeemed.
I may not have a huge following, but small and excited is streets ahead of large and dispassionate.