Clearly, I've been masquerading as an introvert!
Oh, the anxiety, the panic, the fear.
Turned out, the victim was a colleague so the exchange of insurance details was seamless, and she ended up having to calm me down because I would not stop apologising.
Now for the event. There I was in my stall. All I had were books, a few plants, a banner, and my personality! Oh, did that personality come to my rescue! I walked into that room with many exhibitors, and I knew, if I was going to sell any paperbacks that day, I had to rely on my personality.
My personality achieved me the following things:
1) A graphic designer who has offered to help me upgrade the cover page of my book for half the price I got for the original one. And a bonus of 100 business cards.
2)Free promo because through our exchange, she sent my book to a relative of hers who has a large book following to promote the book- for free!
3) I sold 4 books and made leads towards getting eBooks sold for those who preferred that format.
4) Two people asked me to write biographies of their lives!!!! (Um, I have only ever written fiction. Where does one begin with writing someone's biography?)
5. I scored my first radio interview! It was free! Yes! I was live reporting from my house in sweats and T-shirts on radio promoting my book. I pulled every ounce of charisma for that 10-minute slot, the radio guy ended up allowing me to plug aspects of my book I could only get if I had paid for it.
6) I met a fellow writer who knows all the places to be and people to meet if I intend to make it in this self-publishing world.
7) I got a book distributor!
All in all, while sales have slowed down compared to my first month, and reviews remain elusive, it has not been absolute silence or progress. I am getting there. Yes, my Amazon rank has decreased, but I still say, I did it! I published a book!