My First Book Sale at Crafteria by Across U-hub
When Cecilia from Across, asked me whether I would be interested to sell my books, many feelings and thoughts ran through my mind. I was ecstatic, apprehensive, overwhelmed, and super excited! Up to this point, I have created a few books, and sold them online. But I haven’t taken the initiative to physically sell my books. I am definitely ecstatic about it because this will be a great opportunity for me to share with others what I’ve created. On the other hand, I am a little apprehensive, because I am physically stocking up books in preparation for this event. When I submitted my book orders, my stomach turned upside down. I thought to myself, can I really do this? What am I doing? I don’t really know how well my products will be received. Will I be stuck with a large pile of stock at the end of the event? All these negative thoughts ran through my mind at about a hundred miles per hour. But then I thought, at the end of the day, even if only one person buys one book, if they love it, then that’s why I made this. The other reason why I am a little nervous is because Anthony has a workshop to attend on both Sept 30th and Oct 1st. So I’m on my own to run this booth, and we have to find someone to look after our son. Luckily, my friend Jacqueline agreed to help me out for a little bit on Saturday, and Anthony’s aunts are available to take care of Beanie on both days. It’s a little scary because it’ll be our first time dropping him off with someone for babysitting! Although I’m sure it’ll be alright. Right now, there are a lot of things I still need to do to prepare for this event, and I feel like I don’t have time! But I want to thank Across for the opportunity and I am super excited about it!
I volunteered at Across many years ago. I learned a lot about myself, and gained many skill set through participating and organizing different programs. Across’ mission is to nurture youths holistically and to inspire them to become visionary leaders. This organization offers many different programs. There are regular programs, annual programs, and special programs. The regular programs include Refeel (explores creative expression), Tic Tac Toronto (increases awareness to community needs), and Youth Leadership Development Certificate (develops leadership skills). The annual programs include City Mosiac (learns about multiculturalism through Toronto’s edition of the Amazing Race) and Youth Leadership Camp (develops leadership qualities through group and solo activities in a camp setting). There are also various special programs. Crafteria is one of their special programs, and its mission is to cultivate the appreciation of art via various workshops and exhibitions.
At Crafteria, I will be selling my Wander In Colour: Colouring Trip Planners and Journal. I am now working on an inspirational journal and children activity book. Although all the products I’m creating are of different nature, they all share one thing in common, which is connection. I want the users to feel a connection with themselves and/or with someone else while using my products. For example, when you are recording details in the journal, I hope you’ll be more aware of your surroundings, or you’ll be more in tune with yourself when you reflect upon your trip. When you share your stories with other people, I hope you’ll build a stronger relationship with them. I want you to experience a sense of connection, which is what makes us human.
I am looking forward to the event! The following is the information to Crafteria. If you’re free, come and check out all the artists’ hard work! Come on by to say hi to me!