Things you learn at Comic Con

Attending my first ever comic con was loads of fun and a great learning experience. So, aside from trying to figure out who some of the guests were supposed to be dressed up as, I learned a few helpful tips for next time…whenever that might be.

2015-01-10 10.31.381. Bring Bags – Books are heavy. Customers don’t really want to lug them all over the convention in their hands.

2. Bring Snacks – Seriously, you get hungry sitting there all day, and the chocolates on your table really don’t count as a good breakfast.

3. Bring Pens – Okay, I did bring pens, but I left them all at the hotel the first day, so make sure you have all your stuff so you don’t have to borrow your booth buddy’s pens.

4. Be Chatty – Not my strongest area, especially with strangers, but just start talking to people who come by your booth. You never know what connections you’ll make.

5. Dress Up! – We didn’t have a lot of time to plan, so our costumes were woefully basic, but great costumes help attract people to your booth, so glam it up!

6. Make Friends with your Neighbors – If you need to run to your panel or just go to the bathroom or get a drink, being a friendly neighbor may just save you if they’re willing to keep an eye on your stuff while you skip out for a minute. 2015-01-10 10.17.20

7. Go Big! – We didn’t have time to do everything we wanted to, but having something vertical and tall behind your booth really helps you to stand out from the others.

8. Bring Business Cards – For authors, bookmarks are your business cards, but when you make a connection with say…a bookstore owner or teacher interested in having you talk to their class, a business card is nice to have. It fits in their wallet. Bookmarks, not so much.

9. Bring Aspirin – Seriously, you’ll have a headache and aching feet at the end of each day. It’s tons of fun, but exhausting. Caffeine is a good thing to have on hand too!

10. Be Square – Not really, but you should get a Square credit card reader. There were plenty of sales we would have missed out on without having one. Not everyone carries cash.

Like in all things, being prepared saves you a lot of problems, especially when dealing with Stormtroopers and Carmen Sandiego.

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DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn't speak a single word for the first three months of preschool. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting it before having it published. Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her family spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family. When not writing novels, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing, and working with other authors. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series and has hit the USA Today Bestseller list twice as part of box sets. DelSheree also has contemporary romance, cozy mystery, and paranormal new adult series. Her writing is as varied as her reading interests.

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