CONtamination 2012 is over. Concluded. Finis.
So, was it worth it? Well, as a way to get out in my hometown and meet some people, push my book (and other Books of the Dead books), meet some other authors and, well, just hone my show skills, yes, absolutely.
From a financial standpoint? No. There just weren’t enough people to make a good go of it, and then the number of these people who were actually interested in actually reading an actual book was but a small, small fraction of this. And I pulled out all my 13-years working trade shows and marketing to make this work. Deb produced some great signage for the table, we had a giveaway, we collected names for a drawing for free books, we had a ton of beautiful books, and I worked it,man. I chatted people up, I stood in the aisles, I called people over to the table…well, when there were people to call over. Friday was a bust, Saturday was OK, Sunday was a bust. A disappointing bell curve.
So, Deb and I are exhausted and a bit disappointed, but what feedback we did get, though small in numbers, was great. And we met some fantastic people, like our booth neighbor, Nashville artist Richard Cook and his girlfriend, Theresa. Some great attendees, too, just wish there’d been more of them.
And Butch Patrick, TV’s Eddie Munster, even stopped by the booth to pick up a few…eyeball lollipops, like the one picture in the jar above.