Another FanX is in the bag!
As usual we had a great time talking to people, selling books, and admiring all of the awesome costumes.
Generally, I’m the kind of person who takes a lot of pictures, but I never seen to remember to do so at FanX. Probably because I’m more focused on talking to people.
I’m an extrovert-for the most part-and really dig the vibe at conferences and conventions. FanX is no exception. I could chat geekiness with just about anyone there, which makes the whole thing totally delightful.
I get a table in Artist’s Alley because the foot traffic is insanely good. People walk through looking for unique things to buy and take home. They’re more likely to stop and say hi, ask about my books, and maybe buy one or two.
Geek culture is in every walk of life these days, and that includes a huge amount of introverts and those with social anxiety. When I see someone look at my booth once, then again, I smile and ask them if they like to read. That provides an invitation for them to approach if they want. Or not. Either way is fine.
Even though I’m an extrovert, I’m not great at talking about my books. The hubby is awkward in general (love you, honey). The first hour of FanX is often spent brushing off the skills of talking to people.
In the first ten minutes of this year’s FanX the hubby spotted a nice woman (maybe in her early 20s) dressed in an anime cosplay and her boyfriend walking by. This was the first time he’d spoken to a potential customer and was NOT warmed up.
The hubby is a big guy with a big voice, and he used all of that as he barked, “What do you like to read?” at this poor girl.
When I say barked I mean it sounded like an Army Seargeant yelling orders at a private who just really messed up.
Poor girl jumped off the ground a few inches, let out a little squeak, and basically ran away.
I was laughing so hard I think I might have hurt the hubby’s feelings.
We didn’t frighten anyone else away after that.
Our best seller was my Fairy Tale Academy Series! I love those books, so I’m excited that they’re getting more exposure.
People keep asking about additions to the series. I’m considering writing a Cinderella retelling, but no promises! I have big plans for my A Girl and Her Cat series for next year, so we’ll have to see what I can squeeze in.