Last weekend I pitched my book at a craft fair. Books, yes, are a little unconventional at craft fairs, but that’s exactly what makes them stand out. The traffic through the fair was not as robust as in past years, but I still managed to sell a number of books. I also had a few that I almost reeled in, but, alas, they got away.
All of this made me ponder why people bought and why people didn’t. When they looked at the crafts, they knew exactly what they were getting. Of course there is the possibility that when they get home, it might fall apart, but generally speaking – what you see is what you get. This is not the case with a book. In regards to my book, one woman asked me, “Is it any good?” My obvious answer is, “Well, I certainly think so.” (What? I’m going to say, “No”?)
With a book you take a chance. If you look at reviews or talk to others who have read it, and they liked it, you are taking less of a chance – but it is still a chance none the less. So, this year, this Christmas, I urge you to “take a chance” and try a new book. It could be my book, it could be another book, but open your eyes and jump into a book. You might just like where you land.