On the Road Again!
of December-January. I take December off to enjoy preparing for Christmas and January because the weather is so dicey icey. I didn’t take off long enough in January apparently. It was in the 20s on the South Carolina coast this weekend; wind so strong when it heated up to 50, the wind chill was 30. The draping Spanish moss was flying.
The Civil War reenactment was in Yemassee, South Carolina. The first thing I learned on this excursion was how to say YEM’ uh see. A quick history lesson on the Battle of Pocotaligo: In October 1862, a Union force of 4200 marched on the town of Pocotaligo. The intention was to destroy the Charleston & Savannah Railroad. It was always about the railroads, wasn’t it? The next morning near Frampton Plantation, which is where I was selling books this weekend, they routed the 675 Confederates. This reenactment pays tribute to the men of both armies who died for their convictions.
In addition to the usual infantry and cavalry and the finely dressed women, this reenactment added the traveling exhibit of the H.L. Hunley, the confederate submarine. Oh my .......
So, what did I learn about selling books this time? Once again, that to sell anything consider the location, location, location. I normally set up my table in the place I think most people will pass during the course of the event. Where will the middle grade kids hang out? But this weekend, I set up inside the museum. Considering the weather, where was the one place everyone would go this weekend? Inside the museum. I saw a lot of people and signed a lot of Avery and Gunner books. One set is on its way to Sierra Leone, Africa, to the embassy! So, the second thing I relearned, don’t ever discount these little towns. They are the best places.