Some things in life just go together like peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, literary works and cosplay, err, what??? Actually, books and Comic Cons do go hand in hand, believe it or not. Now don’t get me wrong, a wonderfully written essay on thermodynamics and how it relates to space travel might not get some folk’s pulse rate up, but a killer sci-fi story or fantasy book series might do the trick. I’ve been to many Comic Cons across the eastern seaboard and I sell my Overlords Fantasy Books series at every one of them, and I sell well at that. Why? Because most stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal, etc. resonate with the cosplay people. Many are fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, and everything else in between. And, if you write anything YA with a flair for the paranormal, it’s pure gold!
If you happen to be an author that writes in any of the above-mentioned genres, think about attending Comic Cons as a vendor and sell your books there. Comic Cons draw thousands of fans, all looking to spend some money on something unique, like a personalized book signed by the author. Plus, these shows are usually three-day events whereas book signings at libraries or book stores are held on a single day for only a few hours. Better yet, team up with other authors to defray table costs and you just might find yourself selling a lot more books than you ever have in the past. Lastly, get on a panel. Any panel. You’re a writer and what you have to say means something to someone out there. You’d be surprised what your words of encouragement and perseverance can do for others. It’s helped me immeasurably and it can do the same for you.