Contamination: Day Three…Urghhh…

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.




About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

2 responses to “Contamination: Day Three…Urghhh…

  • Melissa Hume

    I bought your book when we were at Contamination Saturday and I have to say it turned out to be my favorite purchase of the the day! Started reading the book that evening and couldn’t put it down until I got to the end. (The whole time telling myself “Just one more story and I’ll go to sleep”) I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from you!

  • John F.D. Taff

    Thanks, Melissa. So glad you enjoyed the book. Tell your friends!

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