Local Event at Pat's IGA Sold Out!



Last Saturday’s event at our local grocery store was an unexpected delight! My friend Audra and my mom both helped out and it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without them.

Mom and Audra greeted people and sung my book’s praises. They sparked interest and then people came over to sign up for my raffle and talk to me about the book. We sold out of books!

36 books sold and 21 signed photos sold that day!

I donated half the event’s profits to the American Cancer Society and had a memory board for people to write about their experiences with cancer.

That gorgeous memory board is the work of my Aunt Cindi–she’s the Martha Stewart of our family (minus the insider trading of course).

In 5 hours, we raised $173.50 for the American Cancer Society!

People were very friendly and polite. Even when they weren’t interested, they were kind enough to say no thanks. It made for such a pleasant experience!

A huge thank you to the owner of Pat’s for allowing me a space at their place on a busy day with awesome foot traffic!

Big thanks to my friends who came out for me–Andrea who was racing between multiple engagements, Jessica who had demanding toddlers, Ashley and her mom who were beyond sweet, Lori who hung out with us when we were getting started, and Sue who was sick but still came for a book.

Many thanks to my fellow Wolcottites who came out and supported me and this amazing organization!





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30 Responses to Local Event at Pat's IGA Sold Out!

  1. Nice job, Kourtney! Kudos to you, your mom and Audra for your donation. I’m curious, what did you do with the memory board after the event?

  2. Ally Bean says:

    What a cool experience for you. It’s encouraging to read about how well you, and the American Cancer Society, did. Good job.

  3. davidprosser says:

    Well done Kourtney. Selling out of books is fantastic. That’s goodly sum to raise for a fantastic cause too.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    Sounds like a successful event, and kudos to you for the charity donation. Plus, it looks like you had good weather. A nice bonus when you’re signing outside!

    • It blew all my expectations away. 🙂 I wanted to give half the event’s profits to the American Cancer Society. I’ve never gone that big with profit sharing before, but it’s such a great cause. We lucked out on the weather. It was supposed to rain and that would have put us inside with the carriages. But that stopped in the wee hours of the morning. It was a but cold the first few hours, but we wore our sweaters and worked it!

  5. jmmcdowell says:

    I continue to be so impressed with your dedication and creativity when it comes to getting yourself and The Six Train in front of potential readers! I think charitable events like this are a wonderful way to go, and will really help build your audience.

    Of course, I’m hoping my nudges to some folks will also help with one of your July appearances. 😉

    • Aw thank you JM. I want to give the book the very best chance in the world. I’m very lucky I have friends and family who help out too.

      Thank you so much for all your support! I wouldn’t have made it this far without my online family and I truly think of you as a cyber sister. 🙂


  6. Letizia says:

    Well done on selling so many books and on your charitable donation – sounds like a great event overall!

  7. 4amWriter says:

    Love this idea for marketing, Kourtney. Pleased to hear it was a success!

  8. Congratulations on the book sales and well done for raising so much money for the Cancer Society!

  9. Aquileana says:

    Hi Kourt…

    How great that you have sold out 36 books… Congrats!!!
    And raising money for a good cause is such a transcendent task…
    I wish you the very best. Happy Easter.

    Aquileana 😛

  10. Congrats, Kourtney on that successful sales day! Wow. You ought to have Mom & Audra accompany you more often 😉 Happy Easter.

    • Thanks Gwen! They really helped so much. Rejection is rough and they fielded a good amount of it for me. Made the day way easier on me. Seriously, but it’s a lot to ask of them–giving up their time and helping me. Happy Easter!

  11. Wonderful… congrats.. I hope you had a great Easter too xox 🙂

  12. Mayumi-H says:

    I dig it, Kourtney. 🙂 Wish I could have been there, too, but it does sound like you had some great feedback and support.

  13. Woo-whoooo! Great job. (Still like your table banner!) It’s nice to be around congenial people isn’t it?

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