So, tomorrow’s the big day. Just checked the projected attendance for this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival. Approximately 40,000 visitors.
(Gulp, heart rate increases)
As an unofficial vendor bum-rushing the event, I am trying to decide where to set up the Singulus Books table.
I’m thinking near the subway entrances, charging stations, or food trucks.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Leave a comment.
Practicing the setup / breakdown:
Singulus Books – before
Singulus Books (stocked with 100 paperbacks) – after
Here’s the official description:
“The Brooklyn Book Festival, on Sunday, September 21, 2014, is a huge, free public event presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America’s premier literary and literacy events, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of booklovers of all ages. The festival is organized around themed readings and devoted to timely and lively panel discussions. The inclusion of top national and international authors and new partners has expanded the festival’s reach while continuing to celebrate and enhance Brooklyn’s contemporary and historic literary reputation.”
Singulus Books and I will have a table there, guerrilla style of course. The prep work is done: have my Square credit card reader, banners, promotional items, folding table and chair, and 100 copies of my novel, Dream Brother. Should be a great event. If you are there, please stop by and say hello.
For you non-kindle users, Dream Brother: A Novel is now on Smashwords, premium catalog approved.
A stroke of good luck courtesy of the NYC permit dept: “no permit required if you sell newspapers, periodicals, BOOKS, pamphlets, or other written matter.”
In the fall, stepping things up, starting a mobile, pop-up bookstore in Manhattan.
Strategically placed in front of high-traffic locations like Barnes & Noble’s flagship store in Union Square…
or the legendary Strand Bookstore.
Singulus Books – Quality fiction, one title at a time.
Starting with mine, of course… http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HNW967G
If this experiment goes well, other titles may follow, becoming a paid service offered to indie authors.
If you can’t get your book into mainstream bookstores, start your own…
In this, the first of our Indie Spotlight interviews, we speak to New York based author Brian Marggraf about his book, Dream Brother, life in the Big Apple, and his unique – some might say aggressive – approach to the challenges of self-marketing. For our part, we think it’s an approach that makes all kinds of sense and then some. But we’ll let you decide.
IS: I’ve spent the morning gathering as much information as I could on you and have come up woefully short. You’ve got a single-paragraph bio that pops up everywhere I go. So here’s my first question: Why so little? Some would argue that a colorful and detailed biography is an important part of connecting with readers.
BM: I’m a minimalist, always have been, always will be. I wanted to keep my author bio simple, just essential details. I’ve read thousands of bios that go on…
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