Scarefest 2018 is over. Amid the grumbling from many of the vendors, I take away many positives fromthis experience.
1) Don't always believe what the promoters tell you in advance as they are prone to change things at any time for the worse.
2) Making friends is still the most important part of any gathering. I've met so many good people that are willing to help me along the way that I'm astonished. Fellow authors offering assistance in so many ways, vendors of all types of merchandise that included me in their group and treated me with tremendous respect and friendship, and fans willing to take a chance on a virtual unknown ... purchase his book ... and request he sign their copy as if he was a somebody.
3) There are many that still believe being rude is the way to go when it comes to dealing with people, and are oblivious to the comments about them I made as they walked away. (I know, but I couldn't help it. You know sarcasm is my cup of tea.)
4) My wife can indeed put up with my witty comments that sometimes sting for three days straight (although I wouldn't trust her to make it through a fourth).
In addition, I ended up in the upper middle of vendors of books and their sales totals with 23 books sold. I was told by several there that was excellent for my first show, not knowing the tricks they'd learned andhaving a terrible location tossed at me, with jewelry and poster booths surrounding me, while many of the other book vendors were closer together and able to draw more of that type of audience. Having taught sales training for years, I quickly developed a sales pitch that worked well on those that I could get to stop for a minute and listen. Still, the new contacts, friends, and fans I've made are worth their weight in gold.
And, last but not least, I managed to get something I've been after forever. In its original packaging, never having been opened, I managed to get an antique "Chucky" doll (*See photo below). It will stay in that packaging unless he breaks out and decides that my wife and I should become his victims. I keep my fingers crossed he does not. Since these haven't been manufactured in years, this will only go up in value. A strange investment, I know, but shouldn't every horror author have one?