So, the past few days had been crazy fun. The Manila International Book Fair was an event I looked forward to yearly for the books (!) and for the reader-writer Meet n Greet mini-event by my beloved publisher Bookware. This year, though, as I had no new title under My Special Valentine, I wasn’t part of the signing session although I did promise EJ followers, fellow authors, and my MSV bosses that I’d drop by. Drop by only because I was required by a work contract to be elsewhere. Whew. I’m not really busy. *wink*
Anyway, the more exciting part this time around, at least for me, was having booth to showcase our indie books! Yay! Many thanks to the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) for sponsoring the space and letting us share shelves with other exceptional indie authors/collectives during those five days.
Our side of the booth featured books from #romanceclass, #HeistClub and #StrangeLit. Fellow authors shared duties in manning the inventory and playing cashier and selling ‘kalandian, krimen at kababalaghan‘ alongside the Tagalog poetry books from the other side.
The five days were tiring, but also really lots of fun! Oh, and another highlight of the event? This on the first night:
I happened to be the only one left in the booth and Mina surprised me with a call that led to the interview. It was aired over that evening’s news, Bandila. 😉
At the end of five days, we managed to sell about 500 books, 17 of which are mine (Classified)! Woot woot! I can also proudly say only about five of the 17 were bought by people I knew! Ahhh, I remember the kilig moment when, while a potential buyer, a complete stranger, reads the blurb, and you’re silently sitting there and uttering ‘please please please buy my book’ in your head, and s/he actually does, you do a little dance of joy.
And look! There we are!
I see Classified somewhere there. 😉
That about wraps up this post. Will be going to the opening weekend happenings at The Craft Central on October 1, 5 to 7 PM. Hope you can drop by!