I just got back from the Spring Craft Fair where I had a fun time talking with some delightful vendors and public. It was a rather small turnout this time around, but I managed to make a few sales and make a few "smiles" with some free sketches. Afterwards, I stopped by a local store and sold a few more books which made my sales for the day tip JUST over my table costs, which is always a good feeling. There are a few watermarks one tries to meet when tabling at a show...
(1) Make table cost
(2)Make expenses cost-motel/hotel/gas/meal
(3)Make production costs-gross sales are not Net sales, it costs money to print the stuff-
(4)Make labor cost-paying ourselves for our time and labor making our merchandise-
(5)Make "Build a gigantic robot statue" cost, wherein you make enough money to build that gigantic robot statue in that public park you just know EVERYBODY wants someone to build.
One of these days that friggin' robot statue is gonna be made and all will rejoice... Who's going to be the one to get it made? Maybe... YOU! So keep the faith and keep convention-ing!