This weekend marked a couple of firsts for me, as #romanceclass and our mentor, Mina V. Esguerra, set up shop at Aklatan, the first All Filipino Book Fair. What firsts? Well for one, it was the first time my novella, All’s Fair in Blog and War, has been included in a book fair; it was the first time the print edition has been made available; it was the first time it was being sold in a non-online environment (both the ebook and print book); and it’s the first time I sold a book in person.
It was an exciting weekend, to say the least. Our little table with its independently published work was sitting side by side with the tables of all these big and respected publishers. It felt so surreal. Just wow.
So, if you were there during Aklatan and we met, please forgive me if I was so tongue-tied. I promise to not be so “deer-stuck-in-a-car’s-headlights” next time. Maybe it won’t be as surreal next time, but I know it will be just as exciting.