I just had to blog this...
If you pop by here often, you know that The Penny Tree will be out across Canada and the U.S. in 12 days on April 3rd. Of course, to promote it, I have a list of requisite readings set up, although some aren't being held in book stores. Instead, they've been scheduled at community clubs, a seniors centre, even a coffee shop.
That said, my editor made the comment that I must have books for sale at these readings, too; that I can't depend on everyone to purchase the book in advance. But here's the dilemna: my husband will be traveling and I have no one to sell the books while I read and talk to those who've so kindly taken the time
to come out and see me.
Fast forward to last night: My ten year old comes downstairs and says, "Close your eyes." When I open them, he's standing there holding a metal cash box and a decorative sign that say Holly Kennedy's Books For Sale. Grinning, he explained that he wants to sell my books, reminding me how good he is at math before I can object and quickly pointing out how he has to
drive around to all of these readings with me anyhow.
"Please let me, Mom!"
Quizzing him, I asked how much change he'd give if someone bought one book and gave him a twenty dollar bill; how much if they bought two and gave him forty. "And when you hand them their book," I prompted, "What would you say?" I was thinking of his manners here, looking for a "Thank You" but after pausing to think about it, this is what he said: "I'd tell them to take good care of that book cause my mom's gonna be famous some day!"
So... if you come out to one of my readings that isn't hosted by a book store, please watch for the blue-eyed, charismatic ten year old at the back of the room, selling books!