I have always advocated that to meet the public and being with them is a great way to get oneself noticed and of course recognised. I love writing and could spend most of the week happily tucked hidden away busy with the next new novel. But, at the end of the day, most of us authors want our works to be read by a body of people. The bigger the group, the more the merrier, it goes without saying that we all want to be successful. We are after all human.
It was interesting to chat with people that I have never met and to find out about their reading likes and dislikes. Some people are easy and ready to talk with and others are more reticent and shy. What is it that folk find so hard, in that they often have to pluck up courage in order to come over and talk to a 'real live published author'? We are no different from the next person. I find the human reaction fascinating and sometimes downright strange, but it all makes it worthwhile when at the end of the day you can sit down with a glass of wine and know that sometimes you do get it right!
Which brings me on to another mystery. When I take the time to listen to readers and what they like in a book it is so often very different from what the bookshops offer as " bestsellers". Why, is this so? Without sounding as if I have sucked the proverbial sour grapes are the public right and the book sellers wrong? If so, how come and how does, the 'International best seller' appear on all nearly all new boooks that are marketed by these big companies?
So, if yesterday was a great day and rounded off the week nicely, the evening was even better. After a quick supper we dropped in to our local bar; named 'The Magic Teapot". It is a very friendly place and run by 2 Brits, Roy and Geraldine. They have to be some of the nicest people I have met and this is reflected in the success of their bar. Last night we were treated to about 3 hours of great guitar playing - all for free. AND to make it even better for me, Geraldine is now unashamedly and officially one of my biggest fans and sells more copies of my books then anyone else ; she is going to give Amazon a run for their money!
Everyone, have a great weekend and enjoy some quality time with a good book.