I didn’t want to do it.
I swore up and down I wouldn’t do it.
I told my family I wouldn’t do it.
Yes, I sold my books straight out of the trunk of my car.
Following wisdom from others
And I’m grateful! Here’s why. On my day-to-day, I’d hand out promotional postcards for the novel. And the women that I’d meet would ask me, “Do you have any on you right now?” And of course, I didn’t. Then they would tell me, “well you know, you need to keep copies in your car.”
So I piled a bunch of books in my trunk and in my husband’s SUV. One month later and we are both SOLD OUT. Praise God! And thank you to all the women who bought an autographed copy of Broken Together and didn’t mind shaking the car dust on the cover (wink).
Through selling out of my trunk, I’ve learned something on this journey of mine…
First…when you’re selling any type of art, don’t assume everyone will be happy purchasing their copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Some customers will want to make the exchange right then and there, and in the case of books, are very happy to get your autograph.
Second…I learned I’m in good company. Authors Kimberla Lawson Roby (Sin No More), E. Lynn Harris (And This Too Shall Pass), Andy Andrews (The Traveler’s Gift), and James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy)…all have one thing in common with me (yes, me). They all sold printed copies of their novels themselves.
Third…have faith in your ability to sell on your own. I’m fresh out of “car trunk copies” and have to order more because I don’t have them on hand. This time I’ll have copies of the book with stickers on the front that say “Signed by Author”.
Lesson shared…be prepared
But the moral of this story is, be prepared as an author. Have copies of your book in your car. Keep a nice pen to sign them with. Carry bookmarks showing your website name. Purchase candies or pens to give away when people ask about your book.
Believe in yourself. And for my fellow faith writers, trust that God often provides exceedingly and abundantly more than you can ever imagine.