After a rainy day doing our guerilla marketing thing at the Brooklyn Book Festival last year, then again spending a soggy day at the Philadelphia Book Festival this past April (followed by a severe leg injury to Codorus Press author Scott B. Pruden), we at the press started to joke that if you needed rain in your area, you could solve the problem by inviting us to a local book fest.
Lo and behold, we’re in the middle of a three-day stint at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend, and Friday the Charm City, as we might have expected, was a little moist. This poses a special challenge to those of us who deal in books, as paper and water aren’t exactly friends.
It’s also a challenge to us as publishers and authors, as we attend these events specifically to engage with readers, other authors and publishers. Rain is good for many things (crops, recharging the water supply, accompanying lovemaking, etc.) but it’s hard to hang out with folks when you’re constantly worried about getting drenched or their umbrellas dumping a bucket of water on your display table.
Still, we soldier on with the other vendors and exhibitors at the festival because we, like they, believe in what we’re doing and the philosophy we espouse – that independent publishing can be done well, with a group of similarly devoted people, and it can be successful.
So, if you’re nearby this weekend, grab your raincoat or umbrella and brave Mother Nature in the pursuit of some great new reading, an enlightening conversation about the mechanics of indie publishing, or a low-pressure visit with a most appreciative author (like Wayne Lockwood, Mike Argento and Scott B. Pruden). We’re at booth N14 both Saturday and Sunday, and we look forward to meeting you.