Comic Con

The Journey to Wondercon, The Final Update

I feel like there is no such thing as too prepared. I started packing Tuesday morning. Having done events before I have learned… boxes on wheels are not the answer when it comes to transporting goods. So this time I am going suitcases a try. So far, so good. Packing everything has been a game of extreme tetris. Not just the kind you play with the dishwasher, but this one has different delicate elements. The books went into two entirely separate suitcases. They weren’t any trouble, although if I had had 5 more books… they wouldn’t have fit.  It was the bag with the delicate material that was the headache.

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We have paper, catalogs, glass, feather pens and other easily breakable(or bendable) goods to be transported to the convention center. I don’t want to show up with bent signs and broken feathers. That would definitely be bad for business!

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Tonight we set up. I feel like its a holiday weekend. I cannot wait for tomorrow!

Did I mention we are having an exclusive giveaway for the weekend? No purchase is necessary. Only one entry per person. Multientries will void your entry. Whats better than free books! Come by and sign up.

Now I can finally concentrate on what to wear!

This will be the last journey post for now, as the event starts tomorrow. Depending on how exhausted I am, I may or may not post a Day 1 recap. Be sure to stop by our booth! We are space 100 in the small press section. Take pictures, tag us on twitter and let us know what you think. Thank you for following my adventure. The stress is finally over and I am ready to enjoy.

We are also putting our ebooks at our official store 50% off! This will be available to anyone. So even if you aren’t attending this weekend, you can still take advantage of this great sale! We’ve also added the Amazon Payment option on our website, giving you more options to check out.

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The Journey To Wondercon, Update #3… The Final Stretch

 

It’s Monday. That means I only have tonight, tomorrow morning and evening and Wednesday to finish up what ever I have left before we go to setup at the Anaheim Convention Center. That isn’t very much time given I will also be studying for my Real Estate License Exam that I will be taking on Wednesday. I don’t know what I was thinking when I scheduled the exam for this week and not next! The combination of stress from both has negated each other I am afraid. Which has left me in a state of feeling at peace even though there is still stuff to be done and information to learn!

I took some pictures today. I thought I’d have some fun with these updates. Today was crunch time. This weekend I spent most of the time listening to the sounds of my printer dancing back and forth to the printing of book catalogs. I did about 200 catalogs and almost emptied my ink cartridges. In retrospect, using a company like uprinting.com would have cost me into the $400s+. $16 dollars For 2,500 sheets of paper (in which I didn’t even use half of that) + 76 for the ink (mainly two colors are depleted). I am tempted to print up another 100 catalogs. I noticed a spark in eBook sales after Condor 21 with our catalogs. It might be worth it.

 

I was in the process of putting them together. They are missing their final touches in this picture!

I was in the process of putting them together. They are missing their final touches in this picture!

Today however, I did more merch. I finished the feather pens that had taken me so long to finish because of my schedule. I hand dye my own ostrich feathers. Usually I make the feathers for my hats for the Renaissance Faire, but I’ve decided to make feather pens with them… considering our logo is a quill.. I thought it would be fun and relevant! I’m pretty happy with how they turned out and I hope you like them too! I will have them on Etsy after this weekend for about 7-8 dollars each. I was going to stick to red, black, and white feathers but I figured that people might want other colors.

 

 

I also put the final touches on the book bags that I have been working very hard on. I had my team of minions to help me this morning. photo 3

 

So the feather pens are done, although I could do more plain white feathers if I got enough feed back suggesting that I should. The book bags are complete. I did 55 of them. The poles are painted and the last of the signs have been printed. This is the final stretch! Now my list stands at finishing putting the giant book covers on poster board, cutting them evenly, and packing. Of course I may be doing more catalogs and feathers, but that is yet to be determined.

The advice I have received on Reddit has been wonderful! Thank you to all those who have commented, helped, and suggested what to do. I feel that this is going to be a great event. I am so excited!

 

The Journey to Wondercon, Update #2

I’m more surprised that I haven’t lost my head at this point. I hit a point yesterday where I felt all the stress overwhelm me. Though, I am proud to say that I’ve made it through and am ready for what ever tomorrow brings.

There is still a big list of things that need to be done, but I see the light!

We haven’t done many big events quite yet. So there has been a lot of setup that I won’t ever have to do again! *Hopefully*

We created a very tall banner sign holder from PVC. Had an 8ft banner printed and set it all up in the entry way of my house. Why? Because the thing towers at least 10+ feet over my head! In my nervous excitement, I want to be over prepared for next weekend. We have set up now a demo of what our display will look like next weekend. It makes me feel a little better, knowing the display stands out and looks amazing.  I can be a creative perfectionist though and that will definitely delay completion of our table.

The books have been ordered and shipped. It was a big decision. I hope I made the best call on the numbers.

The book bags have been finished too.

I still don’t know what to expect! Anyone I ask keeps saying, “It depends on the crowd.” Some years they buy and other years they don’t. I don’t like those numbers. I prefer a yes or a no!

Advice? Thoughts? I will post pictures this weekend of my dilemma. To have the second book stand or not? That’s update #3’s main topic for discussion.

 

The Journey To Wondercon Update #1

I’ve decided to “journal” the next 14 days as we get ready for Wondercon 2014.
If you don’t know what Wondercon is, then listen up!
Wondercon is hosted by the same company who puts on the giant Comic Con in San Diego California. It is smaller compared to the 120K who attend Comic Con. About 50-60K will be in attendance at Wondercon, or maybe more! They seem to be growing every year.

Up until now, Ink Smith has only attended small book fairs. Condor 21 which was our first experience at a “con” vention had about 650 people in attendance. To our surprise we sold out of a few books and sold several book bags.

Now my dilemma is this: What to expect at an event with attendance in the thousands?

I am in the process of putting the book order together, but I don’t want to over order. I also definitely don’t want to sell out of items on the first day.

Ideally if someone has had experience with this kind of thing I would love your input!

I currently have on order 15 copies of those books that I sold out of, 10 books of those that sold one or have previously been popular at book events, and 5 of those who haven’t really drawn much attention at events. I also am planning to have 40-50 book bags for sale as well. I was told to order about 300 books for this event, but I’m a little uneasy about order that many books. On that note, we will be at other events this year. So extra books wouldn’t be an issue either.
Or should I order more?

I also will be selling Quill pens as well that I have been hand dying and making myself. I will only have a select amount of those there as time keeps eluding me.

Our position is in the back left corner. I have plans to over come this obstacle, although I’ve been told that being in the corner might be a good thing.

So thoughts? What should I do? How many should I order? Advice?

I am very excited!