I was also very fortunate to meet several seasoned and supportive Steampunk authors at the convention, some of whom I shared a vendor's table with. I studied their setups, listened to their sales techniques, asked for advice as I saw the need, and stood in at their tables whenever someone needed a short reprieve.
I cannot imagine a smoother initiation into a world I had never even thought possible, but here I am advertising and selling a book that is barely two months old. I owe so much of this to the authors who still lend me counsel and who provide a brilliant template for me to follow.
So, here is a portion of what I am learning, so far, is this:
Befriend those in the field who you admire, who are approachable, and be prepared to support them in turn.
Join every social media site at your disposal, including the sites of other authors.
Reach out to every potential customer, even those who don't, at first, seem interested.
Believe enthusiastically in you work, and project that energy towards everyone.
Be patient: it may take a bit of time for your work to catch on.
At this juncture, I would like to thank a few people who have welcomed me into their midst, and to recommend their work to you:
Emily Thompson, author of Clockwork Twist
Emily Watasin, author of The Dark Victorian: Risen, and Dark Victorian: Bones
T. E. MacArthur, author of The Volcano Lady, Vol 1 and 2
Sharon Cathcart, author of Eye of the Beholder, A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera
Whew! Time to breath a little and take it all in. Oh, I may be making an announcement soon. Well, so much for breathing. In any event, I'll keep you posted.