Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pot Thief Visits the Big Bend

We left Taos after the mystery club presentation and headed south. One night in Santa Rosa and one in Carlsbad. We had hoped to see the evening bat flight from the cave, but evidently the numbers are down and it is not so spectacular as it used to be. Not enough insects to sustain the millions of bats that flew out every evening at dusk in the past. Who knew? So we settled for a walk along the Pecos River. We reached Alpine, Texas the next day for the Fiesta del Sol. I joined four other authors for the event. The room was packed with people enjoying the wine and snacks. When the time came, each of us entertained the audience with tales of books and writing. There were many good questions. Then more wine and treats. Then everyone left. Evidently, no one told the attendees that they could buy books. However, the sponsoring store, Front Street Books, has decided to keep five of each of my books in stock, and they were down to just a few, so they bought enough to bring them back up to five of each. I promptly blew the revenue on a dinner at Reata, the restaurant named after the ranch in Giant, the movie starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson. Alpine is the home of Sul Ross State University whose most famous alumnus is Dan Blocker who played Hoss on Bonanza. The morning after the event, we drove back to El Paso. Were the driving, hotel expenses, and miscellaneous expenses worth it? I guess it depends on how many books Front Street will sell in the coming years. But it was a fun excursion, and maybe that is more important than sales.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I don't think any of make enough money at an event to pay for going--but if you have fun and people meet you, they are more apt to buy a book next time around. What I don't understand is why folks don't realize that if you're somewhere speaking about our book that the books must be for sale. If they liked what they heard, why not buy the book? One of the great mysteries of life, I suppose.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Of course it meant to say I don't think any of us make enough money. Oh well, too much going on.

Kit Sloane said...

I love your comments, Marilyn. I recall hearing someone lamenting that you can do everything PR-wise and do everything right, but that doesn't mean you can force someone to buy your books. That's where that darned free will kicks in!
Also there's an interview by the gal who "invented" booksignings (a HarperCollins editor) who says she doesn't know why they caught on since they rarely pay off. She oughta know!
I, too, like to think that at least maybe the folks attending will remember our names.

WS Gager said...

Mike I do so enjoy your comments from the road! None of us are making enough money as Marilyn said...YET! Hopefully your campaign will pave the way for the rest of us. If not, you are seeimg some beautiful country and while I wouldn't want to see the bat migration, I would love the rest of the scenery! Take care and drive safely!