VILLAGE BOOKSTORE AND GIFTS
Grand Rapids, MN. Saturday, June 10.
The four-hour drive to Grand Rapids was worth it! Never having been to the store before, and scheduling the event in a relatively short time, I had few expectations for selling many books when I arrived. Boy, was I wrong!
The managers, Jean Healy and Terry O’Brien, are real pros and did a wonderful job of advertising and promoting my event. Thanks to an ad in the local paper, the Grand Rapids Herald-Review, a customer pre-ordered a copy of Castle Danger. I knew I had at least one sale, and Terry had agreed to purchase six copies from me at wholesale. So I was feeling good when I arrived and saw they had set up a table and a sign for me at their entrance, which happened to be the first store inside the local mall–a big plus.
The weather was hot and humid, so I figured most people around there would be outside fishing, boating, biking, or relaxing–but NOT shopping for books. After a slow start, buyers started coming in. By the time I had finished, ten copies of Castle Danger had been either purchased or reserved.
The bonus–a dear older woman who said she wasn’t much of a reader but saw my Big Brother Big Sisters sign saying I donate part of my profits to BBBS and gave me a ten-dollar bill . . . “For the kids.” That was a day maker right there!