Saturday was the Writers of Kern Spring Conference. I had my first vendor table. It was pretty cool. I made a few sales, which was nice. A few people stopped by and asked questions about my works.
I made this flyer to give out. Partly as a receipt but also as a advertisement for my other works. My Stripe account wasn't functioning but that's okay. It's working now. Lol. But other than that, I was well-prepared.
I offered a free digital comic with purchase. So I'm finishing the comic. The offer still stands for anyone who purchases a chapbook.
I'm not sure how to market the chapbooks. Lol. Someone at the conference asked me what my marketing strategy was. Uh...
I don't have a strategy. Does paying for Facebook ads count?
My first vendor table at WOK Soring Conference
Afterward I took a nap. But after that I went to a birthday party at the Padre Hotel.
The Padre is a famous tourist spot in Bakersfield. It has been listed as one of the most haunted places in America. The Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo, did a show about the hotel.
So I've always been curious about this hotel. I've never had an opportunity to see the inside of it.
The birthday party was on a patio. We had our server who brought out a stream of appetizers. There was an open a bar. A friend of mine bought me a martini that was freaking strong I felt my liver shrink with just the smell of it.
One of the best things about moving back to my home town is reconnecting with old friends, reminiscing about our times together, like soldiers trading war stories of long-forgotten battles.
I also met some interesting people.
What I loved about the Padre was the ambience. The bistro string lights, the fireplace, etc. The night was cool. The slight breeze was warmed by a blazing fire. The DJ played a mixture of Mexican music and old school latin dance mix.
Remember Stevie B? Lol
If you've ever been to a nightclub in the San Joaquin Valley in the last...I don't know, twenty years, you've Partied Your Body to Stevie B.
Today on my way home from work I stopped by the little fruit cart. Every day the fruit man stands outside waiting for customers. He always gives a generous serving.
Now I'm back to the grind. I have deadlines, which I am grateful for.
This weekend will be all about the work. Working toward my deadlines. Creating ads for my chapbooks. Coming up with a marketing plan (or maybe just buying an ad or two). And preparing for Wondercon. I'm going with the family this year, so I'm thinking it will be more subdued, and that's okay.
This is a picture of the fire at the Padre. Fox Theater, another historical building in Bakersfield, is seen in the distance.