10 Tips for Running a Book Table

10 Tips for Running a Book Table

I ran a book table at a vendor fair this past weekend. 👀 (“For the first time in foreverrrrrrr!” 🎶) And it was pretty fun and went pretty well. 😉

I thought I’d share some pictures under the guise of sharing tips with y’all. 😉 Mwahahaa.

1. Order stock early!

I’ve had a few scary events where my books have arrived literally the day before, and I won’t let that happen again if at all possible. If you’re ordering through KDP, I recommend giving yourself three weeks at minimum for the books to print, ship, and arrive. If you’re ordering during a busy season (mid-summer and holidays seem to be the worst) or this is your first run of this book so it may not go smoothly, go ahead and give yourself even more time. You won’t regret it. 😉

The view from behind the table…

2. Pack yourself an emergency bag!

That’s extra change, pens, tape, scissors, granola bars, anything you (or your helpers) are possibly going to need. If this is an all-day event, bring something to do for the slow moments. 😉

3. Bring a cashbox.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but this will help you keep track of different bills and feel more secure about your earnings.

4. Use book stands.

I like to get mine from the Dollar Store. They literally last forever, and you can buy a large quantity if needed. They add more visual interest to your table, and if you have display copies people can flip through, it’s even better.

✨ Branding ✨ lol

5. Think about your pens!

Are you going to be signing books? Pick pens that are easy to use, don’t smear, and last for a long time. I love using silver Sharpies for this. Or if you’re not personalizing, you can pre-sign all your books at home.

6. Price stickers aren’t necessary.

But they can look extra professional. 😉 This time I went with a picture frame “menu” just for ease and cost reasons. Sometime I’ll get myself some gorgeous reusable stickers. 😉

I was selling cupcakes too because I like to complicate things… 😉 (Photo credit: Emma)

7. Choose packaging wisely!

If this is an all-day or outdoor event, you may want to provide customers with packaging to protect their new book. Whether that’s a bag, tissue paper, Kraft paper, etc…. And cute packaging that shows off your branding is kinda a bonus. 😉 I chose tissue paper which it ended up being wayyy too windy for. 🙈

8. Step it up with business cards!

These are actually pretty easy to make,(especially with templates from Canva) and print at Staples. Don’t include so much info it’s cluttered, just the basics like your name, where to follow you, where to find/buy your other books, etc.

Canva template + own aesthetic + Staples print center = voila!

9. Be strategic with your booth decor.

Choose items that add visual interest, practical use, or aesthetic to your brand/books themselves without being cluttered. This can be a huge way to set your booth apart from the others and encourage customers to check it out. 😉 It’s also pretty fun.

Some decorations are mine, some are my fabulous mom’s.

10. Personalize thoughtfully!

And finally, if you’re personalizing books and want to ensure you get the customer’s name right, have them write it on a scrap of paper for you to copy.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a peek into my booth and get to do one of your own sometime! 💖

Plate Update: Superheros, Jabberwocky, and Christmas Cookies

Plate Update: Superheros, Jabberwocky, and Christmas Cookies

Summer is just flying! Which is a good thing considering how warm it gets where I live. 😉 I’ve been so busy that I absolutely missed updating you all on June, so I’m gonna do these “evil twins” together… 😉

Here’s an update on my full plate…

Pleasure read:

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe (three stars)

Tutor, Nanny, Spit-Up, Spy (five stars)

Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World (three stars)

Playing By Heart

The Beast of Talesend (four stars)

Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott (five stars)

I also read ¾ of a review book before I decided to mark it as DNF. 😉


Emails and texts

Questions at the Generation Rising Authors booth 😀


Vinegar on laundry


The Jabberwocky poem

The Princess Bride release year

Murder on the Orient Express

Thatch roofs

Wheat harvest 😉

Fandom everything

And so on. 😉


2,200+ words on that Avengers: Endgame blog post

9,873 words on The Night Archers

Meeting minutes for my transcription job

A list of books I recommend

Essays, just for fun

More character and scene details for a novel ❤

A newsletter

Blog posts (the top five between both months being The End of the Line: My Thoughts on Avengers Endgame; My Summer Reading Stack; Convention Countdown: Pretty Book Stock!!!; Made Me Think; and Thank You, Wow.)


The Night Archers, The Night Archers, The Night Archers


The Night Archers! 😀


Drew all my female main characters

Painted a growth chart

Watched Wonder ❤ ❤ 

Discovered Fitzsimmons 😉

Had a fantastic meeting/hangout with Generation Rising friends

Looved Men in Black: International

Celebrated the first bonfire of the season ❤

Ate an Oreo ice cream bar from the ice cream truck

Celebrated Independence Day! (sooo awesome)

Helped extended family move

Did miscellaneous Generation Rising stuff 😉

I also went to the library for the first time in forever, attended a Christmas in July cookie decorating party, took some rigorous personality and Spiritual gifts tests, and went to a cool ladies’ event with my mom and a sister. And we won’t mention how I bawled my eyes out at the profound and perfect end of my favorite show… 😉

This month, I’m looking forward to some more writing, hosting an upcoming giveaway, finishing up summer reading, tinkering around a bit with my website, and whatever else God brings my way. 😉

How was your June/July? What are you looking forward to this month?

Plate Update: Frosting, Reviews, and Passion Week

Plate Update: Frosting, Reviews, and Passion Week

If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring?


(My favorite cheesy joke from preteenhood^^. 😉 )

April flew by, and I can barely believe it’s May already. Last month’s full plate was filled with cake. 😀

Anyway, here’s a quick update on my full plate last month…

Pleasure read:

Love Needs No Words (four stars)

Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors (two stars)

Dear Sister (four stars)

Atlantia (three stars)

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (family read-aloud, four stars)

Eventown (three stars)


Emails and texts

Beta-reader comments 😀 ❤



The name Judy

The “watches of the night” (story research)

Hunting stats (more story research)

Avengers: Endgame everything

Frosting recipes

Kelpie dogs (someone mentioned a kelpie and I thought it was a fantasy sea creature…)

How to tell lightning distance in miles


New story ideas

10,743 words on a new novella for Camp NaNoWriMo 😉

End matter for “The Night Archers” (we’re getting closer!!)

Reviews, tons of reviews

Blog posts (the top five being Introductions (Real and Fictional), Half and Half, Back on the Horse!, A Scary Camp[NaNoWriMo]fire Story, and Letters and Accents.)


“The Night Archers” (tons and tons more)


Called various customer service agencies…

Finished quilting (squee!)

Designed a cover for a short story

Did some spring cleaning

Had a head cold

Loved The Lego Movie: The Second Part with my family ❤

I also celebrated Christian Passover and Passion week with my family (watched The Passion for the first time O.o. ❤ ), did many writing sprints with my youngest sister, revealed the cover for “The Night Archers”, and made cake and cupcakes for various celebrations.

This month, I’m looking forward to releasing “The Night Archers”, enjoying a new series that is coming out, and finishing writing this novella. Also, I want to experiment with some more cakes. 😉

How was your April? What are you looking forward to this month?