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Back Home for the Holidays!
My first day in Jackson, I went to a nail salon. The technician was chatty and complimented my strong nails. She wondered why I kept them short. I told her I used the computer every day and long nails didn’t work for me. She asked what I did, and I told her. She’s a great reader, she said. The conversation took off from there. She took my card and was already searching the website as I put my jacket on, promising to return. “Oh, great!” she shouted. “I’ll have my own author!” I sold some books that day. The only sales technique employed was shopping locally and being friendly.
The next day I followed a tourist brochure from the Chamber of Commerce to the Old Flovilla School House built in 1885. (See my blog.) The door was locked and no one was around. Around the corner was a fire station. I talked to a fireman who was surprised it wasn’t open. He picked up the phone and told the operator who he wanted to talk to. Yes, just like Andy Griffin! I heard him tell someone ....
Dave and Buddy came along to walk the Jarrell Plantation. I hope you saw that blog. What an interesting place! Those old buildings were standing there propped on piles of rocks when General Sherman visited. It’s a State Historic Site complete with gift shop in the visitor center where I visited with the Rangers who plan to find a place on their shelves for both the Avery books and Beth’s Birds, as they do a lot of nature study there, as well. This sale came about when she asked if I had a particular interest in the Civil War. Well, yes I do.
My last day in Georgia was in Newton County at the Flint River Elementary School for their after school program. Had a great time; several of the students returned the form to purchase books, and the school library bought books as well.
I’m back home now and have two days of selling books (as in official Selling and Signing) at the ski resort where I live. But, when I say I’m always selling books, it’s those casual sales I remember and usually the ones I write about.
Thank you for blogging along with me this year. Today is my last blog for 2014. I’ll return Monday, January 5, 2015. I hope you’ll return too, as blog readers. What good is a blog without readers? Come travel the country roads with me to out-of-the-way, interesting places, meeting salt-of-the-earth ordinary people, while I (incidentally) sell my books. Until then, I wish every one of you a Merry Christmas, a safe holiday time with your families and friends, and a happy New Year.