a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I don't think there's anything wrong with a chatty seller. I say hello to everyone who stops at my table and I try to be friendly, usually you can get a feel for whether or not the person is feeling conversational. I used to have little descriptions for each of the zines on my table, though that's more difficult now that I have a distro. So I just tell people not to be shy about flipping through the zines and asking questions.
"Read me" notes are also a good idea. I'll use this example; I distro a zine called Don't Be A Dick. It's about consent, and it's written by a straight cis guy for a similar audience. I think there's lots of really important info in it, but guys at my table often seem hesitant to pick it up, and I figured they had a fear that picking it up in front of me was like actually admitting to being a dick or something. So at my last event, I put a little note in front of it, on hot pink paper with a few words about the content and wrote, "You're not a dick!" By the end of the day, I'd sold 'em all.
I think the problem comes when browsers start feeling pressured to spend their money - it's just an awkward position to put someone in and I don't think it's very fair. I'm speaking as someone with ample experience on both sides of the table. The hard seller doesn't come along very often, but when they do...
Really good question? I want to know the answer too. I went to a zine fest once. It looked like most people had about 30 to 50 copies depending on how expensive they are and how large.
twilight gecko said:
how many copies of zines do you usually take with you?