I was in a little bit of a funk yesterday before the show, I admit. Foot traffic to the Author’s Alley has been markedly lighter than in past years and my sales are far from where I had hoped they would be.
A couple of things helped. One of them was a chat with my “next-door neighbor” at the show, Harry Turtledove. When even a guy who is at that level of success sometimes feel discouraged, it helps to know you’re not alone.
The other thing that helped was my award. My fellow authors and I decided to have a little decorating contest for our tables, to encourage people to make their displays nice. I came in third, receiving the ribbon and a signed book from one of my fellow authors, Mike Tierney, The Secret Notebook of Michael Faraday. What made this particularly special for me is this: during the first year of Clockwork Alchemy, we offered mentoring appointments to aspiring authors. Mike chose me … which surprised me, because he was working on something steampunk, and I do primarily historical fiction. I said as much, and he told me that he wanted someone who focused on the history to tell him whether his concepts would work. I very much thought that they would, and told him so. The result was Mike’s debut, To Rule the Skies. You can find Mike’s fact- and fun-filled blog at https://airshipflamel.com/.
Clockwork Alchemy 2017 closes at 1 PM today. I’ll be in the Author’s Alley until at least 12 noon if you haven’t had a chance to stop by yet. Thanks!