Traditionally, March is a busy month for Post Mortem Press. March of 2014 is no exception. In fact, it is probably busier than ever.
The biggest challenge with touring is knowing how many books to buy. The winter months are very lean cash wise, so I need to be very careful about what I buy,
Complicating the matter is the Trivia contest. It is based on James Newmans’ 666 Hair Raising Horror Movie Trivia Questions, a book we released in January.
The goal of the trivia contest is to get people to our table and to sell books. More than likely we will sell many more 666HRHMTQ books when we have a trivia contest.
But how many?
This weekend we are attending Horror Realm Spring Break Massacre in Pittsburgh. It is also our first trivia contest.
Horror Realm is a relatively small show, but we do well there. In addition Nelson W. Pyles and Jessica McHugh will be in attendance.
The spring show is smaller than the autumn show – but how much smaller?
This time, the number of 666HRHMTQ is easy enough – it’s the beginning of the season and having too many is okay this early on.
But what happens if I don’t have enough? I have 40 on hand and another 30 on the way. That’s 70 books. If that is not enough, WOW.
The wild card here is the last show of March. Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. It is a much larger show, there will be a trivia contest, AND James Newman will be in attendance.
After the show in Pittsburgh I have enough time to order more books for Charlotte.
In between is the Lexington Comic and Toy show. This is a show we attend because it is close to home and it’s really cheap. How cheap you ask? Well in 2012 and 2013 it cost $35. For 2014 we get two tables for three days for less than $100. To give you an idea how that compares, we have one table in Charlotte for three days, $300. One table at Chiller Theatre in April, $400.
The money issues will resolve themselves later in the month, as we sell books at three shows and on-line sales pick up.
In addition to the shows we’ve got several books in various states of readiness for release.
We have Jamais Vu – Journal of Strange Among the Familiar in full swing.
AND, I need to finish writing a marketing book so I have copies in hand by the first weekend in April.
Throw in the endless winter and you get the point.