Bugger, just found this in drafts.. oh well, better late than never!!
So August 4th I took part in Brighton Pride as a trader. I have been many times as a fully fledged card holding member of the partying LGBT, but yesterday was work.
It had already been the most stressful week of my life preparing for it. A whole litany of requests and demands from the organisers on what you can and can’t do. And let me tell you, it wasn’t a cheap event! As an independent author, I already knew there was no way I was going to make back this expenditure. But I looked at it as a chance to promote myself and my books, to get my name out there a little more while the opportunity arose.
So, we arrived early. The information pack said we had to be set up by 9:30 for a 10am inspection… so we were there early to fight the rush and get organised; stress-free! 6:30am and we were at the gates. we were set up in an hour and then just waiting around for it all to start… it wasn’t until after midday that people began to wander in. I had my wife and my friend with me, they were to hand out leaflets and talk to people, get some interest. Without them, nobody would have come to my stall apart from the guy wandering around seeing what freebies he could collect!
Women wandered past without a glance, and those that did soon moved on. I was beginning to wonder if nobody in Brighton read! And yet, as soon as Lou or Chris spoke with them and told them about my books, they were interested. I made sales, got names for my newsletter and kindle sales went up!