By: Cynthia Bermudez | March 20, 2019

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.

Shirley Castro

Posted on : March 21, 2019

I enjoyed your post after seeing you at the conference. If you haven’t already, you might talk to Russo’s Books about marketing. Tony Russo told me, way back in 20006, when we printed our first book, that getting to that point was the easy part, then came the hard part, marketing. He was right!

Cyn B

Posted on : March 21, 2019

Thank you, Lily, Joan, and Annis. My blog doesn’t have a way for me to reply directly to comments. So hopefully you see this reply. It was gray seeing you all at the conference. I’ll check out Ruth Klein and the Ellen Bass poem :).


Posted on : March 20, 2019

Great to see you at the Conference, Cyn. Thanks for all you do for Writers of Kern! And so cool you got a first-hand look inside the Padre. Poet Ellen Bass has a poem about the Padre, too.

Joan Raymond

Posted on : March 20, 2019

Congrats on your chapbooks. It was great seeing you at the Conference.

Lily Hobbs

Posted on : March 20, 2019

Cyn, congrats on your book sales. The reason I was looking for my old employer is because I ran across another woman we worked with back then, Ruth Klein. As it turns out, she is now an author and brand specialist. A really nice lady too. I may use her once I finish my book. In case you wanted to look her up, here's her FB url: Thanks for sharing!

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