My First Books-A-Million Booksigning

Over the weekend I did my first signing in a national chain bookstore. I’m not going to lie, it felt good. In some people’s eyes placement in those types of stores legitimizes you.

I feel like I’m legit wherever I go. However I will say that being able to say wherever books are sold certainly does help.

I thought I prepared for the signing. I sent promo material that didn’t make it to the bookstore. At first I was disappointed because I wanted to have some awarness before I actually came to the store. That plan fizzled quickly.

I regrouped and did what I normally do.

Engage with the people. 

I must have handed out over a hundred bookmarks and had a short conversation with nearly every person that walked in the bookstore.

I enjoyed the two hours I spent at the store. The staff was incredible and the people that came into the store listened to my spiel. I couldn’t have been happier.

I’m planning on going back in the near future.

Next time I do a signing we have to order more books and I’m hoping to sell out again.

The tour rolls on…

-Marc

My experience at the 2017 SOL Festival

With a truck full of books, I made the hour and a half drive to Silver Springs, Maryland and paid way too much in tolls. (Sacrifices right?)

I was running off one cup of coffee and not enough sleep. However, once I hit the book festival I suddenly had all the energy I needed.

I was back in my natural habitat.

The sun was shinning and the music was bumping. I was ready to rock and roll.

Once I set up my side of the table I made note of where the readers were going when they came into the book festival.

For the most part I stayed on my feet the entire five hours. When I did sit down it was to sign the books that I sold.

The reason I enjoyed myself at the SOL festival is because I already knew what to expect. When you pay the vendor fee you’re essentially paying for an opportunity to catch readers gathered all in one spot.

The book clubs came out and showed a lot of love and it was much appreciated.

You have to be willing to approach people because they aren’t going to magically appear at your table. A smile goes a long way, too. People buy from people they like and you only have a short window to engage the reader.

Money is cool, but what I most enjoyed about my trip was the opportunity to mingle with the readers. The monetary transaction is temporary, but the support could be forever.

My trip was impactful because I wouldn’t have it any other way and my box was a lot lighter when I left then when I came in.

I passed out dozens of bookmarks, I talked to every person that would talk to me, and I made myself visible. I’m not a small guy so I’m pretty hard to miss.

My only issue?

It was Sunday and I forgot Chick-fil-A was closed.

Man I wanted some chicken.

 

 

#TuesdayTestimony

A few days ago my wife shared two videos with me that her friend had sent her via text. All she told me before she showed me them was that they were for me. I was surprised, but I sat there and watched the videos unfold.

I was overwhelmed with gratitude because not only did my wife’s friend purchase my book, but she encouraged other people to buy it, too. Word of mouth is still invaluable.

One woman bought four copies and the whole situation bought a smile to my face. When I was writing this book I dreamed of people enjoying what I had written.

To see proof of their enjoyment makes this journey even sweeter! Their words of encouragement were much appreciated and I’m hard at work on my next piece of literature!

-Marc

Book Launch!!

I will be at the Hockessin Book Shelf in Delaware to celebrate the release of my debut novel Redemption Lost. Come out and join me!

April 29th, 2017

4-6 PM

 

Never Give Up: Part 1

As some of you may or may not know I wrote two books under another pen name some years ago.

I attempted to get them into a major chain store and I was denied.

I was disappointed and I didn’t come that far just to give up. I needed to make a move.

So I did what any sensible person would do. I called them to see what my options were.

As it turns out I had a well thought out intelligent conversation with a very nice and informative young lady. We respectfully went back and forth stating our cases.

I felt like I made an impact.

A few weeks later I got an acceptance letter and they agreed to stock my titles.

Once you accept defeat you are defeated and I refuse to accept it.

Go after what you want and be relentless in your pursuit.

-Marc

4 Books on my TBR list

Currently I’m reading Cross the Line by James Patterson and I haven’t finished because I’ve been doing promo for Redemption Lost.

Soon as I’m done with Cross the Line here are four books I plan to read:

1). Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God

After reading the book’s introduction I’m all in.

2). The Unseen World by Liz Moore

She happened to be doing a book signing near where I live. I’m glad I went and purchased a copy. The synopsis reeled me in.

3). The Streets Have No King by JaQuavis Coleman

JaQuavis is monster and I’ve been checking for this book since it was called Black Wall Street.

4). She Rode the Bus by Akil Victor

I watched the video shorts on FB. The synopsis was tight and I came away impressed with the sample I read. I can’t wait to read it.

I really need to set aside more reading time and I plan to in the coming months.

 

K’WAN Drops Animal 4.5 today!!

I wanted to salute my literary brother K’WAN today. I’ve been reading K’WAN books since Walden Bookstores were open. That means I’ve been rocking with him a long time. In 2017 he will be dropping three books and I’m eager to read them all.

Not only is he a gifted writer, but he is an all around good dude. Every time I met him he kept it 100.

Today Animal 4.5 drops and all other responsibilities will take a backseat until I complete this novel.

 

-Marc