“The only trade show specifically designed for retailers who carry Metaphysical, Spiritual, Inspiring, Fair Trade, and Magickal (not a typo, a term used to differentiate between performance magic and the occult.) books, music, and gift related products.”
COVR, is the Coalition of Visionary Resources, the trade association for the mind, body, spirit marketplace. I believe they are connected at the wrists and ankles.
Being a marketing mushroom when it came to selling my book, I happily signed up. Selling a book is hard for most people. Selling a spiritual book is harder, for most people. Selling a spiritual book is almost impossible for most introverts.
I had a great time with the women in the booth, none of us had been there before and we didn’t know each other. I bought more from vendors with really cool stuff, than I sold, had a great time, and, decided to become a COVR member. They had a very nice awards event where creators from all over the world attended. It was impressive. It was nice to be in a huge place with like-minded, creative people. The world I imagine…
I had written, ‘Invisible Forest Take the Walk’ specifically, for the event, since the printer of my book, Wildly Human, wouldn’t allow me to make a digital flip book version and retain them for distribution of the paperback. I couldn’t share the booth without a flip book, that’s what the booth promoted. I found the starting pages of Invisible Forest on my computer from a couple of years prior, and had totally forgotten about it. I saw it with new eyes, it made me laugh. Inspired, I wrote.
So, here is where my deal with the Universe comes in. I told the Universe, I’ll write, you market. It was a game. “And, by the way, I won’t be doing Facebook, Instagram or workshops.” I have a meager Twitter account which a PR firm had set up for me, and I use it once in a while, when I post a blog. I don’t enjoy social media, gives me an instant headache, for me, it's the black hole of over stimulation. I'm aware, I’m missing out on some good stuff too- so be it, we all make choices.
For many months, big surprise, nothing happened- even the crickets were quiet. My oracle cards kept telling me to "be patient, the Universe was working behind the scenes."
In mid-January of 2020, I sustained a concussion. Followed by Post-Concussion Syndrome, which continues. I was O.K. with all of it, so much good came of it, I can’t complain, I’m truly grateful. But I was even more, SO not into marketing.