Sold A Copy of THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY

From the back of my car, I sold a copy of THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY to a person I met at a Low Country Boil. I’d sat with her mother and we talked of how we both went to college in Ohio, about our lives in this beautiful region of the world and then I mentioned that I am a novelist.

When her daughter arrived, we spoke of character development in novels, about where ideas come from and I gave her a little information about my writing process.

She expressed an interest in AFTER JEWEL. I told her I probably had a copy in my car. Later, as I was leaving, she initiated that she’d like to buy one of my novels. I said, “Well let’s see what I’ve got with me.”

In a box in my car, I showed her METAL MAN WALKING, THE ONLY THING ( which is a sequel to GANI & SEAN but I had no copy of GANI & SEAN and she’d need to read it first, so…), AFTER JEWEL ( an earlier edition ) and THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY. She expressed an interest in reading the re-write of AFTER JEWEL ( which makes sense ) and so she purchased THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY.

One of the easiest sales I’ve made.

Feedback on THE ONLY THING

A reader — a fan! — sent me an email the other day stating that she enjoyed THE ONLY THING. “The characters came alive.” This reader let me know this is her “second favorite” of my novels, “right behind THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY”.

“The High-Five”

Every now and then, I run into someone who is a die-hard fan of my works. Today was such a time —

I saw him at a distance, stood and stared at him – smiling.

He raised his arm, headed toward me.

He raised his hand in a high-five maneuver. I didn’t even realize people still do those; so very cool.

We did the high-five twice!

He began to tell me how much he is enjoying “the one about the tall boy.”

I nod, provide the title — “Ah THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY.”

He raves about it. He likes my writing style and the story and the situations and the characterizations.

Then he tell me “You’re going to break that ceiling, I think. I think you are going to be on the NY TIMES BESTSELLER list one day. I really do.”

I laugh and tell him my plan is to write at least 25 novels before I kick off and maybe I’ll be remembered for doing that!

He laughs.

“You wait and see,” he says.

Little successes

Dropped off three copies each of METAL MAN WALKING and THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY to the shop downtown Summerville named The Finishing Touch; at the same time spoke with a lovely lady about my novels and about two book clubs she belongs to in the area. Also picked up a commission check from the owner of The Finishing Touch and cash from a sale made since my Third Thursday visit in April. 

Actually brought home some “bacon” today. Of course, the leavings are minuscule but tasty nevertheless.