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Oh Raequel, it was a flat stale schpiel, recited from the heart. I still feel bad for placing my friend Erica and her husband next to him, since they were sharing a 6-foot table. Are you tabling Friday Raequel, or just Saturday? I can't remember.
how many copies of zines do you usually take with you?
Nicole, do you still have any copies of this zine? I'd love to read it.
Have a No selling in front of your table policy for your Zine Fest:
I was at a Portland Zine Symposium a few years back and this guy was aggrssively standing in front of his table in the aisle and shoving/handing his zine to passersby for them to buy it.
He was right next to my table and he totally through off traffic to all of the tables around him, but especially mine. People would rush by my table to avoid him from both directions or they would feel obligated to look at his zine. He was in peoples face while they read his zine asking them to buy. His aggressive strategy kind of worked. He sold some zines, but at the expense of every ziner around him.
In general zine shoppers are pretty low-key and he threw off their game.
I asked him if he would get behind the table to sell and he said no. I then asked the people running PZS about it. They said they knew about him and that he was "the guy who does this" and they did not feel they could do anything about.
The result was the fest was complete wash for me.
I figure also beside for a no selling in front of your table policy for basic zine table etiquette, do not aggressively sell/steal people to your table when they are at the table next to you. Please respect other tablers space.
this thread is a keeper
I must confess that for the first hour of my first zine fest, I was a pretty chatty seller: standing up, asking people to check out my zine and giving a repetitive pitch: "It is a four panel a day diary comic zine," I said with a smile. I must have repeated that a hundred times in that first hour.
But I learned quickly that a zine fest was not like selling tie dyes at a grateful dead show or cheese at the farmers market.
Ziners like their space.
I quickly figured that I had to switch gears, so I sat down and hung back. I gave fest goers space to pick up my zine and check it out. And I also printed out a few sample pages on a large poster, so passersby could get a feel for what was inside my zine without having to pick up my zine and possibly feel awkward if it was not their thing.
Lately, I have been placing little post it notes on my zines that said "Read Me" in hand written letters to encourage people to actually pick up my zine and flip threw it. They seem to work.
The idea is that I create a space where people will feel comfortable checking out my zine without feel pressure to have to buy, like my work or even comment.
If people want to chat me up, I let them, but they don't have too.
I also have to confess that I seem to have more fun walking the fest and talking with other tablers and trading. I then coming back to my table and reading their zine. The zine goes seemed to be more background.