Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Table

We, as writers, dream of the day we’ll be sitting in a giant bookstore, dishing out pithy sayings and scribbling our names on countless hundreds of books that go flying through the cashier’s stand.



The truth is often far different. In many cases, we’re luck to get even five people. Very lucky.

And book signings or readings in libraries? Unless it’s a huge event with other authors, you can probably forget that too.

But there’s one place we shine. I mean, like a lighthouse on a fog ridden coast.

The markets. Casual shoppers/tourists love meeting a real live author and get jazzed by the possibility of owning a book by someone famous (ahem). They often work at finding a reason to buy our books. Gifts often come to mind.

Because, well, books ARE great gifts.

The markets are hard work, sure. But we’re writers. We should be used to that. And if we take any (ANY!!) trip out of town, we often book at local markets there too. 

Even more so, the local Christmas markets. We can easily triple our regular market sales.

What I’m saying is, as you plan your holiday season, don’t write off your book sale season. It’s just getting ready for the grand finale.

Published by

Wendy L. Koenig

I was born in Colorado, but raised on a small homestead in Illinois. I served in the USAF right out of high school. After my stint in the military was finished, I returned home and had a horse stable. My first piece to be printed was a short children’s fiction, Jet’s Stormy Adventure, serialized in The Illinois Horse Network. It was a natural fit, given my business. Later, I attended University of Iowa's famed summer workshops and writing programs. Since that time, I have authored and co-authored numerous books. Several of my novels and short stories have won international awards and have appeared in multiple venues.