My Weekend at the Generation Rising Authors Booth

Last weekend, six independent authors and I came together to form a booth at our local homeschool convention selling ten different titles. We had a profitable and encouraging weekend (and a ton of goofy fun to boot)! Here’s a recap. πŸ˜‰

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Thursday night, we were blessed to hitch a ride to set-up with another author’s family. We carried boxes of stock into the convention center and set up our table arrangement for the next day.

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My brother’s novel and my newest release side by side! One of our authors who was selling World War II fiction had a welded Star of David (with a cross inside ❀ ) and a swastika on the table near her book. I decided I wanted props as well. Mom kindly took me to Hobby Lobby where I picked up two metal arrows and galvanized tin paint to make them look the proper shade of silver. πŸ˜€ I think they turned out pretty awesome. You can see them in some of the pictures I’ll share later in this post. πŸ˜‰

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The next morning, our whole family bumped along in our fifteen passenger van with a friend we were giving a ride, a golden retriever puppy (training to be a service dog and representing a service dog school), way too much food, more decorative items for the booth, and two bookshelves. (Surprise!) We arranged our extra stock on the bookshelves behind the table for easy access and cool factor. You think it looks pretty? I wish I had a picture of when we started selling out of some books! πŸ˜€

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Like our snazzy business cards? The first day was pretty slow, but we handed out a lot of business cards and had some great conversations. (Like if Hobbes from the comic books is a pooka or Calvin’s imaginary friend and what the best series of all time is. Not to mention Superlapsarianism and independent publishing. πŸ˜€ Mom said our booth looked like a constant party.) Many people also promised to stop by again the next day.

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Which must have been the truth because on Saturday we were SWAMPED!! Just look at all those customers! (We met some very special people. One of my favorites was an older man with dyslexia who was excited about learning to read his Bible.) It got pretty crowded inside the booth with seven authors, three other “sales reps”, and a few friends that stuck with us just because. (That’s me in the pink shirt squeezing past someone to grab an author to come sign their book.)

There were a few times when some of us left to explore the exhibit hall and meet, encourage, and buy from other vendors. One of my favorite authors, Rebekah Jones, was there, so I enjoyed hanging out with her and her chocolate. πŸ˜‰ It was also really funny walking past the Army recruiters and noticing that they were eating pink ice cream cones. Something new every day! πŸ˜›

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We were very busy up until the last few minutes, but we managed to take a group picture (thanks to the awesome sister of one author!). Doesn’t our table look sooo pretty? I think we did a great job. πŸ˜‰

 

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We decided to take a picture holding up our books, but the two “sales reps” weren’t sure what they should hold. I handed them the receipt book and calculator at the last second because even if they aren’t published (yet) they still did a ton to make this booth happen!

Left to right: Elijah holding the receipt book (our CEO–chief encouragement officer and one of the main young men who headed us up), Paul holding CrossroadsΒ (he sold out! He was also our other header-upper and graphic designer for the website and promotional materials), Anna with the calculator (sales and sister support, also collecting candy from other tables πŸ˜€ ), Maggie holding The Star Under the City (our bestseller, high five!), C.L. holding Garden Day and Levi’s Grouchy DayΒ (gotta love picture books!), Yours Truly holding The Treasure Hunt and The Twin Arrows, Susie holding The Mystery of the Mansion and TrueΒ (congrats on two books!), Justus with His Father’s Command (he also sold out), and Tanner holding The Blue Blur (major hit since it’s about a Christian superhero!). Not pictured: MalachiΒ another sales rep and super-encourager.

We look forward to adding his, Elijah’s, and Anna’s upcoming books to our website Generation Rising when they publish them!

It was a great weekend, and we all feel very blessed and tired! πŸ˜‰ We’re already making plans for next year. πŸ˜‰

(Thanks to Emily, Gabby, Anna, and Perry Elisabeth for taking pictures! We didn’t have the time or brain space.)
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30 thoughts on “My Weekend at the Generation Rising Authors Booth

  1. That is awesome that you guys were so busy! It’s really exciting that some of the books sold out! It’s so nice to see seven young authors out there at homeschool conventions, doing all they can do for their books. It’s really encouraging!
    p.s. Pink ice cream! That is just hilarious!
    ~ Megan Joy

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    1. Yes!! It was an interesting market study to see which books were popular with what kind of people. πŸ˜‰ Aw, I’m glad you are encouraged!! We are as well by the turn out and support of our fellow homeschoolers. πŸ˜‰

      Ha, ha! I know, right? I like to imagine they were licking them in rhythm. πŸ˜›

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  2. Looks like so much fun. I’ve been to a couple conventions where I sold my children’s chapter books and it’s always fun to talk to people and such. Even though at the end of the weekend you’re just so tired, it’s nearly always a good kind of tired. So glad y’all’s convention went well. What a blessing! And that’s awesome that you got to meet Rebekah Jones. I’ve read some of her books and I’m friends with her online. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing all the pictures!

    -Bekah

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    1. Oh, really? That’s great! I know. πŸ˜€ We got to the point where we were just mixing up our words and smiling blankly in happiness. I think some of us survived on the coffee provided for exhibitors. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you! Oh, yes! I’m so glad I got to see Rebekah. Her booth was really cute too! Have you seen the pictures she posted yet? (I’ve beta-read for her before, so my dad actually bought me my favorite of her novels. ❀ )

      You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed!

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  3. I saw this on my feed and was exclaimed “Ahhh!” πŸ˜€
    Y’all, this is seriously SOO GREAT. You guys did EPIC! It is so cool to have your books, and awesome friends, to all pull together and share the Truth in the form of stories…. I’m so glad y’all had fun. =)

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    1. πŸ˜€ Angela, you are too sweet! One of my favorite parts was telling the parents who came by that all the books were from a Christian worldview. Years ago, my sister was the only serious author I knew, but now I am sooo blessed to have these goofy, encouraging, and Christ honoring friends around me. πŸ˜‰

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  4. This is a seriously great recap of a seriously great booth! I was super impress at how you guys all planned this thing, put together a great-looking table, and had such a fabulous response from customers! AWESOME JOB!

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  5. It looks like it was awesome!!! Your table looks amazing, I totally would have wanted to stop by, even if I didn’t know a couple of you! πŸ˜‰ Great job!! πŸ™‚

    I think we need to have a NN reunion so we can just talk writing!! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Aw, thank you, Bethany! It was great to see your parents, and I hope you all can come next year. πŸ˜‰

      Yes, absolutely! We had a ton of fun that last time! We should definitely do it again. πŸ˜‰

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  6. That was the funnest weekend!!! I think my favorite part about working at y’all’s awesome booth was getting to tell people how amazing your guys’s books are!
    It was also really neat how many people came by just to ask how to publish! I loved getting to encourage them and point them toward some great resources! Wouldn’t it be so cool if we recognize a new book seller next year as someone we had encouraged to self-publish?

    Thanks for raiding candy bowls, walking barefoot through the exhibitor hall to get ice cream to share, and discussing fun/weird things with me in-between sales, Kate! It was a blast! And thanks for not laughing TOO hard when my sentences made zero sense. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› Congrats on so many sales, sis!! I can’t wait for next year!

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    1. You were a great sales rep! πŸ˜€ Oh, yes!!! I hope others were encouraged, and the world gets filled with more good books. πŸ˜‰

      Ha, ha! (You had to tell about the shoeless bit, didn’t you? πŸ˜› ) You’re welcome, and thank you! πŸ˜€ Next year will be epic.

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      1. Aw thanks! I had a lot of fun, even though it took some swallowing of my fear of crowds. πŸ˜‰ YES!!! We wants more good books!! lol

        Lol Yeah, I told. But we’re even because I was barefoot ALL day Saturday. ;P Yeppers! I can’t wait!! For more of that ice cream too… πŸ˜›

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  7. Oh my goodness! This sounds like it was so much fun! I’m so glad it went so well, and the booth looks fabulous!!! I wish I could have come. 😦 Somebody seriously needs to start something like this where I am!

    (I love your outfit, by the way! That is totally something I would wear! <3)

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    1. Oh, thank you! We would have loved to have you. πŸ˜‰ Head it up and send me pictures!!! You could even get out of town authors to pay for space and send you books to sell for them! πŸ˜€

      Aw, thanks! It’s one of my favorites. πŸ˜‰

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  8. That sounds like so much fun! I enjoy homeschool conventions! After reading this I starting dreaming about how much fun it would be if I could join you next year. Of course we’d probably have to get two booths instead of one then. πŸ˜‰
    I love talking to people at conferences about publishing, and writing and all things book related. πŸ™‚ Delightful post.

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