Convention Packing and a Book Release

Today I find myself both excited and anxious. Anxious, I am packing for my big adventure to Wizard World this weekend! Excited, I have awesome book news!

First, and quickly, let me say a little something about packing for a show such as Wizard World. I have a tendency to pack a lot of stuff. Often, too much stuff. 

Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration.
Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration.

I’m not going to pretend to be an expert. I haven’t done this a hundred-thousand times, but I’m a quick study, have a degree in visual presentation (both awarded and valedictorian – if that counts for squat), and have done enough book signings at this point to have honed my approach.

As in most things, unless we are talking Christmas lights or cash, less is more. You want to keep the focus on you and your books and not all the extra goodies you have to go with your books. Buttons, bracelets, key chains, so-on, they’re super fun, but they clutter the table and confuse the eye. The shopper doesn’t know where to focus and so they may move on or assume you are selling something other than your books.

Take your goods in boxes that break down so that you don’t need to bring them back when you sell all your awesome work! And come prepared with your own table-cloth just in case the one provided is sub-standard.

Thanks to Tameri Etherton for our many conversations and idea spars. She is quickly becoming an expert in convention book selling.

All the above is what I’ve been doing, tossing all these fine items together so I can hit the road. And to kick my trip off with a bang…

Drum roll please!

~Fabulous new look and re-release~

OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1)

Oppression in Children of the Gods Cover Reveal by Debra Kristi, authorElyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules. 

Series Release Dates:
UPRISING (Children of the Gods #2) – October 2, 2015
REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) – November 2, 2015

Pick up your copy of OPPRESSION today!

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4 thoughts on “Convention Packing and a Book Release”

  1. Jessica TherrienJessica Therrien

    Thanks, Debra! I hope the event goes well for you. I love hearing tips and tricks for events. I’d be curious to get a glimpse at your event checklist…what do you bring? Maybe I’ll do a post on it as well. I’m sure other authors would appreciate something like that. Anyway, I’m rambling. Good luck!!

    September 2, 2015
  2. Scott VannatterScott Vannatter

    I have already read “Oppression”. I know I have. I recognize the storyline. How is this possible if it is just coming out? I did enjoy the book – another reason I know I read it.

    September 4, 2015

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