I just spent another great weekend in Barnes & Noble signing my novel, The Advocate's Betrayal. This time I was in Ventura. That's a long drive...but well worth it. I sold out and met another group of interesting people. I also had the added bonus of spending some time with my nephew and niece who live in Ventura.
While at the store, I do what they call a "Meet & Greet" which basically means I greet people when they come in the door and let them know who I am. I offer them a bookmark and try to determine if they read mysteries. No hard selling. I know if they don't read mysteries chances are they won't like my book. Oh, I'm sure a few would buy it because of my charming personality, but then they probably wouldn't read it anyway, and I want them to read my books! But I often get some very interesting answers to some simple questions. For example, I asked the question, "Do you read mysteries?" Here's some of the answers I received this weekend.
"Not since I got cable."
"No, we're here to buy a book."
"I'm a fan of mysteries, but I don't read them."
And my favorite: "Not now, I'm about to pee my pants."
It's always an experience having a "Meet & Greet" and I truly meet a lot of wonderful people. Thank you, readers of Ventura.